Salt River Indian Agency (Arizona)

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United States Gotoarrow.png American Indians Gotoarrow.png Arizona Gotoarrow.png Indians of Arizona Gotoarrow.png Salt River Indian Agency (Arizona)

Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Maricopa, Pima


Salt River Agency was known as Camp McDowell until 1 April 1913 when the name was changed. It was transferred to Pheonix School, 1 July 1927, which carried out the function of an agency until it was transferred to Pima Agency, 1 February 1934.


A few administrative records of the Salt River Agency are in the Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Los Angeles.

The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Salt River Indian Reservation, which at that time was under the Pima Agency. The census includes the non-Indian employees of the Pima Agency, as well as many pages of Indian Population Schedules for the native population of the Reservation. They are recorded as District 79, Salt River Indian Reservation, in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Salt River Agency, 1913-1927, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Rolls 124-125, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their microfilm numbers 1724342-1724343.

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1913 thru 1927. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, roll 460. 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 581454). These census rolls are also available online at's subscription web site.


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