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Bureau of Indian Affairs

General Services
BIA Area Offices

General Services

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the federal agency with primary responsibility for working with Indian tribal governments and Alaska Native communities. There are about 505 federally recognized tribes in the United States, including 197 Alaska Native village groups.

The BIA deals with Indian tribes in a government-to-government relationship. In accordance with the U.S. policy of Indian self-determination, the bureau's foremost responsibility is to promote maximum participation of Indian tribes in the government and education of their people.

Primarily, the BIA provides services in Indian Child Welfare Act cases, family counseling, adoption and foster home recruitment, individual counseling, elder assistance, energy assistance and general assistance. Some programs have income and/or age requirements for eligibility.

Services BIA offers include:
  • Monitoring and case management of Indian Child Welfare cases regarding Alaska Native children who are in the custody of the state
  • Adoption and foster child recruitment for Alaska Native families interested in providing foster care to a Native child or adopting a child of Alaska Native descent
  • Counseling services for Alaska Native families and individuals
  • Elder assistance services to Alaska Native elders who are over the age of 65
  • Assistance with electricity or fuel bills for low-income Alaska Native families through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program
The following organizations have contracted delivery of general assistance services from BIA. To qualify, you must be enrolled in their organization and reside in the service area of the organization.
Other BIA services can be found in this handbook under Education, Social Services and Funeral and Burial.

BIA Area Offices

If you are in need of services from an Indian organization that is contracting with BIA, you should contact the appropriate BIA office. Your correspondence should be addressed to the area director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, at the appropriate area office below.

Federal Building
709 W. Ninth Street
P.O. Box 25520
Juneau, AK 99802-5520
800.645.8397 toll free

Northwest Region
Federal Building
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Arizona, Nevada and Utah
P.O. Box 10
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Navajo Reservation only in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah
P.O. Box 1060
Gallup, NM 87305

Montana and Wyoming
316 N. 26th Street
Billings, MT 59101

Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota
115 4th Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Southern Plains Regional Office
WCD-Office Complex
P.O. Box 368
Anadarko, OK 73005

Midwest Regional Office
One Federal Drive, Room 550
Minneapolis, MN 55111


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