Nez Perce Indian Agency (Idaho)

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The Nez Perce Agency was established in 1861 to provide services to the Nez Perce Indians of northern Idaho. It was a continuation of an agency called Washington East of the Cascades, which had been formed in 1857 to serve the Nez Perce and other Indians. The Nez Perce Agencys' name was changed in 1902 to the Fort Lapwai Agency when the Superintendent of the Fort Lapwai Indian School was assigned the duties of Indian agent for the Nez Perce Tribe.

Reports of Inspection of the Field Jurisdictions of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1873-1900 have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of Microcopy Number M1070. The reports for Nez Perce Agency, 1882-1900, are on rolls 30 and 31 of that Microcopy set. Copies are available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll number 1617683).

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency from 1890 thru 1901. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, roll 301. Copies of these records are also available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm number 579711). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

References

  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.