Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.
This portion of the official Maine State web site includes the roster of Maine Legislators, current status of bills, the public hearing schedule, and access to the Maine Revised Statutes.
A national support organization for state legislators, this site includes a page on State-Tribal relations, which has resources on such issues as economic development, environmental protection, gaming, taxation and revenue, and a list of Native American Legislators. The link to the State-Tribal relations page may be found in this section of Resources.
In operation since 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest and largest national Indian organization, with membership exceeding 250 Tribal governments. Its mission is to inform the public and the federal government about Tribal self-government, treaty rights, and policy issues. The sites contains links to Tribes, Indian organizations, the federal government, and media.
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its member Tribes at the regional and national level. USET has grown to include twenty-five federally recognized Tribes, operating through various workgroups and committees and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst Tribes, agencies and governments.