Native Americans and Native American culture are incredibly important to the regional and local stories of the Southwest. Through the founding and work with the reservation system, Indian schools, and many other programs, the records of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75 at the National Archives) provide us with a historical account of government interaction with many individuals and tribes.
If you are curious about the records relating to a particular region or tribe, try searching in the National Archives’ online catalog, ARC. You can narrow your search by facility, record type, or date: http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/
Throughout the month of July, the National Archives at Riverside is taking the opportunity to share images, documents, and records that celebrate our local history. As the archives that holds permanent federal records for Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, we have records from the states’ Territorial eras, records relating to the development of the region as a center of commerce and culture, and records depicting the natural beauty and built environments of our unique home. This July, join us in celebrating our heritage as Americans and our heritage as stewards of the Pacific Southwest!