FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED INDIAN TRIBES
The government of the United States recognizes more than 500 Indian tribes officially from the 48 states and Alaska. These tribes are eligible for funding and services, directly or indirectly via grants, contracts or compacts from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
This is the list from the Bureau of Affairs of federally recognized tribes and contact information for each tribe’s Tribal Leader.
CULTURAL RESOURCES FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
A program designed to help and assist Indian tribes in protecting and preserving their resources and traditions is the National Tribal Preservation Program and are funded by program through Tribal Heritage grants.
The programs also funds Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, who:
- Does the inventory of tribal historic properties
- Prepares and carries out tribal-wide historic preservation plans
- Reviews undertaking on tribal lands with the federal agencies
The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (for federally recognized tribes) or other designated representatives (tribes that are non-federally recognized) must be consulted when a federal agency reviews a project on tribal lands. Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural beliefs to their properties regardless of their location should also be consulted by federal agencies.
As stated in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act:
- Native American human remains and cultural items should be identified and included in the inventory of museums and federal agencies
- Federally recognized Indian tribes should be consulted by agencies and museums when objects are returned to descendants, organizations or tribes.
- Authorize grants(PDF, Download Adobe Reader) to assist tribes, villages and museums to document and return human remains and other significant objects to the native people
The National Park Service in collaboration with the tribes will interpret the history to visitors and protect the archeological sites.
For tribes with critical historical preservation issues; the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers are consulted for assistance.
Other Cultural Resources
- How to trace Indian ancestry
- Information related to American Indian and Alaska Native populations such as; specific counts, estimates, and statistics(PDF, Download Adobe Reader) and data for American Indian and Alaska Native populations
- Explore the National Museum of the American Indian
- Access the list of Native American places
- Find out about federal news related to Native American land issues
- Find out how the members of the Native American tribes can legally get eagle feathers for ceremonies
- Learn more about American history relating to Native Americans
- Learn about World War II Navajo Code Talkers and Navajo Code Talkers dictionary
- Review federal services and programs for Native Americans
- Learn about tribal economic development, education, health, and other issues
Housing Help: Resources for Native Americans
For assistance regarding housing, you may contact:
- To live on public lands: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
- To live on reservations: Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE)
- Or locate your state housing counseling agency
Native American Housing Programs
- Indian Housing’s Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) – ensures that safe, decent, and affordable housing is available to Native American families
- Indian Housing Grant Programs – provides financial assistance intended for housing needs
- Housing Improvement Program (HIP) – provides support in home repairs, renovation and housing grants
Legal Resources for Native Americans
- Law Library of Congress—laws related to North American Indians
- U.S. Department of the Interior Native American Resources—Compiles Native American-related legal information
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs—Handles legislation
- Tribal Constitutions and Codes—lists laws to assist tribes
- Early Treaties—Includes treaties between the United States government and American Indian
- Cultural and Historic Preservation—discusses laws in relation to culture
- Office of Tribal Justice—Fields tribal concerns with the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Policy on Indian Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations with Indian Tribes—Recognizes the sovereign status of tribes
- Indian Health Service Employment—The Indian Health Service must provide absolute preference in employment to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
- Tribal and Alaskan Native Training – aims to reduce crimes on tribal lands
- Crime Prevention – crime prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
- Crime Prevention – law enforcement at Indian communities and reservations
Money and Laws
- Indian Trust Program—estates held in trust by the government for federally recognized tribes. For questions, you may contact: Fiduciary Trust Officer, or call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 (toll free).
- Tax Information for Indian Tribal Governments—Reviews tax issues for Native Americans
- Social Security—Provides information about Social Security Administration programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives