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Collection Creator:
National Congress of American Indians  Search this
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The Federal Indian Policy and Legislation Files cover a wide range of federal policy issues, including both legislative and administrative action, and NCAI's activities in the legislative process. Much material on federal policy can be found elsewhere in the collection, under specific topics. The issues included in this series are often more general in nature, such as budget and appropriations, or may not correspond with other areas of NCAI activity. This series also includes information pertaining to US trust responsibilities, including right-of-way over Indian land issues, submarginal lands, acquisition of new land by the Dept. of Interior for Indian tribes, heirship, and allotments. Only the first series has been processed, the records of the American Indian Policy Review Task Force. The American Indian Policy Review Commission was established by Congress in 1975 to conduct a comprehensive study of the relationship between Indians and the federal government. It established 11 task forces to study particular areas, and many NCAI members and officers served on those task forces. This subseries documents the establishment and work of the Commission and the task forces, and NCAI's support of their activities.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email:
Collection Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadbast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
NMAI.AC.010, Series 9
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Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian