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Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Resources for Native Americans

Find information about and resources for Native Americans.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes

The U.S. government officially recognizes nearly 600 Indian tribes in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. These federally recognized tribes are eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, either directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides contact information for each tribe's Tribal Leader

Cultural Resources for Native Americans

Historic Preservation

The National Tribal Preservation Program helps Indian tribes protect resources and traditions important to them. The program funds Tribal Heritage grants for federally recognized Indian tribes to help them with cultural and historic preservation projects.

The program also funds Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, who:

  • Inventory tribal historic properties
  • Prepare and carry out a tribal-wide historic preservation plan
  • Assist federal agencies with reviewing projects on tribal lands​

When a federal agency reviews a project on tribal land, it must consult:

  • The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (for federally recognized tribes), or
  • A designated representative (for tribes that are not federally recognized).

Federal agencies also must consult with Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural importance to historic properties. It doesn't matter where the properties are located.

Archeology

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act:

  • Requires federal agencies and museums to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections
  • Requires federal agencies and museums to consult with federally recognized Indian tribes on the return of those objects
  • Authorizes grants to document and return human remains and cultural objects to their native people

As part of its archeology program, the National Park Service protects historic sites and shares the past with visitors.

The federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation assists tribes with critical issues. The nonprofit National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers also helps with this effort.

Other Cultural Resources

Housing Help: Resources for Native Americans

If you are looking for housing help, contact the following offices:

You may also locate your state housing counseling agency or call 1-800-569-4287 to locate the agency nearest you.

Native American Housing Programs

Legal Resources for Native Americans

Laws

Crime Prevention

  • Tribal and Alaskan Native Training — Provides training to reduce crime on tribal lands.
  • Crime Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice — Supports public safety, victim services, and crime prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
  • Crime Prevention, Bureau of Indian Affairs — Office of Justice Services law enforcement programs in Indian communities and on reservations.

Money and Laws

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Last Updated: July 10, 2019

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