Code Talk is a federal inter-agency Native American website designed
specifically to deliver electronic information from government
agencies and other organizations to Native American communities.
Code Talk is hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Office of Native American Programs. The site contains
links to key topics of interest such as the environment, health, and
housing. It also provides links to resources such as maps, training
centers, and libraries. A calender of events is also provided.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIA, an agency of the
Department of the Interior, is responsible for program
administration for federally recognized Indian tribes, and for
promoting Indian self-determination. BIA also has a trust
responsibility emanating from treaties and other agreements with
Native groups. Their WWW site includes a
map of judically established Indian land
areas and a
tribal leaders list, as well as
links to other American Indian websites. Please note: "Access to the
DOI website has been restricted in compliance with a court order.
Select DOI webpages will be made available to the public through a
private internet service provider."
Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior is the nation's principal
conservation agency. It protects America's treasures for future
generations and provides access to the nation's natural and cultural
Bureau of Land Management's Cultural and
Fossil Resources and Tribal Consultation on the Public Lands
The Bureau of Land Management, part of the Department of the
Interior, administers 262 million acres of America's public lands.
This website contains information on the bureau's preservation of
cultural heritage, including tribal consultation references, maps,
and resources at risk. It includes access to the Native American
coordination and consultation
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, an agency of the Department of
the Interior, was created to promote the economic development of
American Indians and Alaska Natives through the expansion of the
Indian arts and crafts market. The website includes information
Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990,
museums operated by the Board, a directory of arts and crafts
businesses, and more.
Office of American Indian Trust
The Office of American Indian Trust prepares and monitors Interior
Department trust protection policies and guidelines and reviews
significant Departmental decisions affecting American Indian trust
resources. The website includes information about the trust review
Office of Self Governance.
The Office of Self-Governance administers Tribal Self-Governance
as it relates to Bureau of Indian Affairs programs. The website
contains a "file library" of forms and reports, contact lists,
broadcasts and more. Portions of the website are restricted.
This site provides a clearinghouse for Indian trust management
USGS Activities Related to American
Indians and Alaska Natives
This website contains fiscal year reports, portions of the USGS
manual, and contact information for USGS activities related to
American Indian and Alaska Natives.
The United States Geological Survey
provides reliable scientific information to describe and
understand earth; minimize loss of life and property from natuaral
disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral
resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
American Indian Tribal Rights,
Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species
This site outlines the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
responsibility in the area of American Indian Tribal rights,
Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species
Act and provides links to related documents.
Office of Native American Liaison
The Office of Native American Liason, part of the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
, serves as a point-of-contact for tribal conservation issues and
develops guidance materials.
Department of Health and Human Services
This is the United States government's principal agency for
protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human
Administration for Native Americans
Part of the
Administration For Children and Families,
the Administration for Native Americans promotes the goal of
social and economic self-sufficiency of American Indians, Alaska
Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific
Islanders, including Native Samoans. The website provides
information about programs, reports, application kits, and links
to related sites.
Indian Health Service
The Indian Health Services, an agency within the U.S. Dept. of
Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care
provider and health advocate for Indian people. Its goal is to
assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and
public health services are available and accessible to American
Indian and Alaska Native people. The site includes links to area
offices, medical programs, and information technology resources.
Division of Tribal Services
Part of the Office of Community Services, the Division of Tribal
Services is responsible for two programs: Tribal Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Native Employment
Works Program (NEW). The website includes information concerning
these two programs as well as links to related sites. It also
assists in issues relating to the Personal Responsibility and Work
Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193 (the Act) and
Administration on Aging Programs and
Resources for Native American Elders
This website contains links to information on issues of concern to
older Native Americans.
Office of Minority Health
The mission of the Office of Minority Health is to improve the
health of Native American and Alaska Natives and other racial and
ethnic populations through the development of effective health
policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in
health. The website offers access to reports, publications,
statistics, and links to other health related websites.
Division of Indian & Native American
Sponsored by the
Employment & Training Administration
Department of Labor, this
website has been designed to provide general information about the
Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Section 166 Indian and Native
American Program, to enrich the lives of Indian and Native
Americans, and to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency
through employment and job training.
Department of Housing and Urban
HUDís mission is to work toward a decent, safe, and sanitary home
and suitable living environment for every American.
Includes links for basic homebuyers, fair housing, and housing
counseling, as well as links to other Native American federal
programs and non-profit sites.
NAHASDA - Indian Housing Plan Homepage
This is the Office of Native American Program's official site for
Indian Housing Plan Submissions and Status Tracking. It contains
the text of the Native American Housing Assistance and
Self-Determination Act of 1996 and related regulations, as well
as, access to all publically available compliant plans. Part of
this site is restricted to recipients.
Northwest Office of Native American
This site includes a staff directory and links to Northwest Tribes
and Housing Authorities.
Southern Plains Office of Native
American Programs (SPONAP)
This site includes a staff directory and links to Southern Plains
Tribes and Housing Authorities.
Alaska Office of Native American
This site includes a staff directory and links to other documents.
Northern Plains Office of Native
American Programs (NPONAP)
This website contains a staff directory and listing of Northern
Plains housing entities.
The Eastern/Woodlands Office of Native
The website offers a staff directory, contact information for
designated housing entities and a listing of program activities.
Native eDGE(Native economic
Development Guidance and Empowerment.
Native eDGE is an interagency initiative of the Federal Government
to facilitate sustainable economic development within American
Indian and Alaska Native communities. eDGE includes a a telephone
call center, a publications clearinghouse, website, and a
technical assistance information center. The website links
seventeen federal agencies, educational institutions, and
organizations through a single portal so that tribes, Native
Americans, lending institutions, and private businesses can
collaborate to promote economic growth. This website provides
access to information about Federal and non-Federal grants, loans,
loan guarantees, and technical assistance.
National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and
cultural resources and values of the national park system for the
enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future
generations. ParkNet, the NPS website, provides information about
the history, culture and natural resources of the various national
Tribal Preservation Program
The Tribal Preservation Program assists Indian tribes in
preserving their historic properties and cultural traditions. The
site includes information about grants, funding, training
programs, and offers links to tribal websites.
Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
displays contact information.
The National NAGPRA Program
The National NAGPRA Program focuses on Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) implementation outside of
the National Park System. It develops regulations and guidance for
implementing NAGPRA, provides NAGPRA training, and manages NAGPRA
grants. The website provides access to the National NAGPRA Update
newsletter, text of the Act, Congressional reports and regulations
from the CFR, and notices of intent to repatriate remains. The
National NAGPRA Database
contains documents related to guidance and compliance with NAGPRA.
The Native American Consultation
Database(NACD)is a resource for identifying tribal
leaders and current contacts for each Indian tribe, Alaska Native
corporation, and Native Hawaiian organization. There is also a
collection of documents regarding the Kennewick Man, a
9,000-year-old skeleton discovered in 1996 in Kennewick,
National Archeological Database
The Center For Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) hosts the NADB
Online System under a cooperative agreement with the National Park
Service. The site includes a bibliographic inventory of
approximately 240,000 reports on archeological planning and
investigation and a variety of maps showing national distributions
of cultural and environmental resources across the United States.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency safeguards the natural
environment - air, water, and land. Sites of interest to Native
Waste Management in Indian Country
Information on waste management including financing, regulations,
guidance, tribal programs, and links to other resources can be
found at this site.
American Indian Environmental Office
The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) coordinates and
oversees the development and implementation of environmental
protection policies and programs in Indian Country. Information
about programs, policies, laws, regulations, publications, tribal
contacts and grants can be found at this website.
The TribalAIR website is designed to strenghten EPA and Tribal air
quality programs in Indian Country by providing timely and
user-friendly access to key information and making available
relevant documents. It provides access to the Tribal Air
Newsletter, announcements, air programs, tribal policies, and
State, Local, and Tribal Environmental
This website provides links to grants and fellowship information,
legislation and regulation, environmental topics, contact
information, and tribal links.
Bureau of the Census
The U.S. Census Bureau offers statistics on Native American
geographic area programs,
tribal governments and much
American Indian Reservations and Trust
The American Indian Reservations and Indian Trust Areas is a report
Economic Development Administration
Department of Commerce. This
compendium of information about the economic infrastructure of these
areas is arranged geographically and includes maps and background
information about each area.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural
institution, is the research arm of Congress. It's mission is to
make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American
people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of
knowledge and creativity for future generations.
American Memory: Historical Collections
for the National Digital Library
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials
relating to the history and culture of the United States. The
website can be searched by key word or collection to find
documents, films, photographs, sound recordings, and maps.
Edward S. Curtis's The North American
Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is "one of the
most significant and controversial representations of traditional
American Indian culture ever produced." The twenty volume set,
covering eighty tribes, was issued from 1907-1930. The set is part
of the Library of Congress American Memory Historical Collections
for the National Digital Library. The volumes are organized by
tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great
Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest,
and Alaska. The collection contains over 2000 illustrations and
can be searched by keyword or browsed by subject, Native American
tribe, geographic location, or volume.
National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian, established by Congress
in 1989, is dedicated to the preservation, exhibition and study of
the life and culture of Native Americans. It is one of the museums
Smithsonian Institution, an
independent trust of the United States. The website offers
information about exhibits, events, educational programs, and has
extensive links to other resources related to Native Americans.
Office of Native American Affairs
The office of Native American Affairs, an office of the
Small Business Adminstration,
provides information for business development and administers the
Tribal Business Information Centers project. The
Tribal Business Information Centers
provide "culturally-tailored" business development assistance to
current and prospective small business owners.
National Archives and Records
NARA is an independent federal agency that preserves the nation's
history by overseeing the management of all federal records. Search
Archival Research Catalog to
locate and retrieve digital copies of selected textual documents,
photographs, maps, and sound recordings relating to Native
General Accounting Office
Search GAO's databases to find reports and testimony evaluating
government programs and activities for Native American housing, job
training, health care, and more.
The Department of Defense's Native
American Environmental Tracking System (NAETS)
The Department of Defense has conducted military activities on
tribal lands which impacted Native American health and safety, as
well as tribal economic, social, and cultural welfare. The Office of
the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental
Security)/Environmental Quality developed this system to track and
maintain information on past, present, and future Department of
Defense activities at these tribal land sites.
USDA APHIS Native American Working Group
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), part of the
United States Department of Agriculture
provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and
plants, improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness, and
contributing to the national economy and the public health. The
Native American Working Group advises APHIS about ways to enhance
program delivery and accessibility to tribes and facilitates the
coordination of active partnerships with tribal governments.
Information about animal care, veterinary services, and wildlife
services can be found at this website. A list of Native American
Working Group activities by state is also included.
Office of Indian Education
The Office of Indian Education, part of the
Department of Education,
supports the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes
and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to
meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of
American Indians and Alaska Natives. The website includes news and
events, publications and resources, programs, and legislation.
Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is enhancing national
security through four principal program lines: nuclear, energy,
environment, and science.
American Indian Issues Points of Contact
The Indian Issues Points of Contact Infocenter on the Internet
contains resources to promote the distribution of DOE news and
information to Native American tribes and tribal entities. The
website contains information about federal Indian policies, Indian
organizations, and news items.
Indian Nations Program
The Indian Nations Program, part of the
Department of Energy Richland Operations
Office was established in 1991 to help facilitate
appropriate government-to-government interactions on the many
issues potentially affecting tribal interests at the Hanford Site
near Richland, Washington. The Hanford Site was used to produce
plutonium for nuclear weapons, but now it is the site of the
"world's largest environmental cleanup project." The webpage
contains program and policy information, list of tribes involved
in the project, and related websites.
FCC's Tribal Homepage
FCC's Tribal Homepage is a
resource for tribal governments, organizations and consumers in
expanding telecommunications services in Indian Country. The website
provides information about Indian Telecommunications Initiatives,
tower and antenna sitings, and tribal lands and auctions.
National Indian Gaming Commission
The National Indian Gaming Commission, an independent federal
regulatory agency, regulates gaming activities on Indian lands for
the purpose of shielding Indian tribes from organized crime and
other corrupting influences; ensures that Indian tribes are the
primary beneficiaries of gaming revenue; and assures that gaming is
conducted fairly and honestly by both operators and players. The
website includes information about gaming tribes, gaming revenue,
gaming laws and regulations, compliance reports, classification
opinions, and much more.
Laws, Legislation, and Regulations on Native American Affairs
United States Code is prepared
and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House
of Representatives. It contains the codified general and permanent
laws of the United States. Title 25 is the primary volume pertaining
to Indians. References to Indians can also be found in other U.S.
Federal Register is the
official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of
Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and
other Presidential Documents. Volumes from 1994 to the current
volume are available online.
The Code of Federal Regulations
is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in
the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of
the Federal Government. Title 25, Indians, contains the regulations
regarding Native Americans and Native American affairs. Volumes from
1996 to the current edition are available online.
Department of Justice
The mission of the Department of Justice is "to enforce the law and
defend the interests of the United States according to the law."
Office of Tribal Justice
The Office of Tribal Justice serves as a coordination center for
all Department of Justice activities relating to Native Americans.
The website contains information about the Office of Tribal
Justice and links to other Native American Resources.
American Indian & Alaska Native Affairs
The American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk has been
established to provide access to information regarding funding
opportunities, training and technical assistance, and other
information relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the
THOMAS, launched by the Library of Congress in 1995, offers full
text of bills, bill status, public laws, full text of the
Congressional Record, and Committee Reports. It also includes the
Congressional Record and historical documents from 1774-1798.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
The purpose of The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
is to study the unique problems of Native American, Native Hawaiian,
and Native Alaskan people and to propose legislation to alleviate
these difficulties. The website includes access to press releases,
hearings, legislation, and status of bills sent to the committee
from the 103rd Congress to the present.
Department of the Interior Office of
Congressional and Legislative Affairs
This website provides access to Congressional and Legislative
information on laws affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Indian Tribal Governments
Indian Tribal Governments, an office of the
Internal Revenue Service, was
established to assist Indian tribes with federal tax matters. The
website contains information regarding current issues affecting
tribal governments, links to forms and publications frequently
requested by tribal governments, links to regulations and rulings
published by the IRS as they relate to tribal governments and links
to other resources.
EnviroText is an on-line searchable library that provides easy
access to environmental laws, regulations, and guidance as well as
Native American Treaties and Constitutions. The purpose of
EnviroText is to provide a "one-stop-shop" for environmental
Library of Congress American Memory: A
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
This website brings together online the records and acts of Congress
Statutes at Large, 1789-1875
The United States Statutes at Large is the official source for the
laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Every law, public and
private, enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at
Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all
treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were
also published in the set. This website presents eighteen volumes
covering the laws of the first forty-three Congresses, 1789-1875.
Volume 7, 1778-1845, contains most treaties between the United
States and Indian tribes.
Indian Land Cessions in the United
States, 1784-1894 (United States Serial Set, Number
The documents at this website indicate "the number and location of
each cession by or reservation for the Indian tribes from the
organization of the Federal Government to and including 1894,
together with descriptions of the tracts so ceded or reserved, the
date of the treaty, law or executive order governing the same, the
name of the tribe or tribes affected thereby, and historical data
and references bearing thereon." Links to the related maps are
Source: Cecily Giardina,
Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University