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.
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:
and case management of Indian Child Welfare cases regarding Alaska
Native children who are in the custody of the state
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
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.
Alaska Federal Building 709 W. Ninth Street P.O. Box 25520 Juneau, AK 99802-5520 907.586.7177 800.645.8397 toll free
Northwest Region Federal Building 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503.231.6702
California 2800 Cottage Way Sacramento, CA 95825 916.978.6000
Arizona, Nevada and Utah P.O. Box 10 Phoenix, AZ 85001 602.379.6600
Navajo Reservation only in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah P.O. Box 1060 Gallup, NM 87305 505.863.8314
Montana and Wyoming 316 N. 26th Street Billings, MT 59101 406.247.7943
Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota 115 4th Avenue SE Aberdeen, SD 57401 605.226.7343