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Government Documents on American Indians: Government Documents on American Indians

Research guide for government documents on American Indians

Government Documents on American Indians

Government Documents on American Indians


The U.S. Government has produced a large body of literature on American Indians chronicling multiple aspects of their history and culture. Most of these publicationsare in the HSSE Library. Useful subject headings to search for documents on American Indians in the Library Catalog include:

Cultural Property Protection

Federal Aid to Indians United States
Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Antiquities--Law and Legislation
Indians of North America--Gambling

Navajo Indians

Tribal Government--United States

The principal index for locating U.S. Government documents is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications HSSE Periodicals 016.353 Un36. An online version of this from 1994-present is here and the GPO Index covers this from 1976-present.  Click here for information on downloading Purdue Libraries ebooks

Other useful indexes to governmental sources include the

  • ProQuest Statistical
  • Congressional Information Service (CIS) HSSE REF 328.73005 C76 which indexes current and recent congressional publications
  • Congressional Masterfile 1789-1969 CD-ROM (HSSE REF)
  • CIS U.S. Congressional Serial Set Index 1789-1969 HSSE REF 328.73C761c
  • U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index 1833-1969 HSSE REF 348.731 C76
  • CIS Index to Executive Branch Documents 1789-1909 HSSE REF 351.73 C497 1990
  • CIS Index to Executive Branch Documents 1910-1932 HSSE REF 351.73 C497 1996


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