Indian Affairs | Privacy Statement

Privacy Policy

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

This site ustilizes persistent cookies to track visitor navigation. If you visit our site to read or download information, such as consumer brochures or press releases, we will automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The name of the Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you are connecting from a university's domain);
  2. The IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  3. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  4. The date and time you access our site;
  5. The Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site;
  6. The country and state from which you access our site;
  7. The pages you visit and the information you request; and
  8. Search terms used to get to our web site from an external search engine and terms used on our site using our search engine.
  9. This information does not identify you personally. We do not store any personal identifiers.
  10. The information collected is part of a systems log file, and is only used internally for site management purposes.

This information is primarily collected to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

Indian Affairs Privacy Act Program

The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a), enacted in 1974, established controls over what personal information the Federal government collects and how it uses or discloses that information. The Privacy Act has four basic objectives that the Department of the Interior (DOI) and its Bureaus are committed to fulfilling to the greatest extent possible:

  1. To restrict disclosure of personally identifiable records maintained by agencies;
  2. To grant individuals increased rights of access to agency records maintained on them;
  3. To grant individuals the right to seek amendment of agency records maintained on themselves upon a showing that the records are not accurate, relevant, timely, or complete; and
  4. To establish a code of "fair information practices" that requires agencies to comply with statutory norms for collection, maintenance, and dissemination of records.

In discharging this assigned responsibility, the Indian Affairs Privacy Program performs multiple functions, to include:

  • Developing policy, providing program oversight, and serving as the Indian Affairs focal point for IA Privacy matters,
  • Providing day-to-day policy guidance and assistance to the IA, BIA, and BIE in their implementation and execution of their Privacy Programs,
  • Reviewing new and existing IA policies which impact on the personal privacy of the individual,
  • Reviewing, coordinating, and submitting for publication in the Federal Register Privacy Act systems of records and Privacy Act rulemaking by IA, BIA, and BIE,
  • Developing and coordinating Privacy Act computer matching programs between the IA, BIA, and BIE, DOI Bureaus and other Federal and State agencies,
  • Providing administrative and operational support to the IA, BIA, and BIE programs.

Privacy Policy Contacts: List of Bureau FOIA/Privacy Contacts.

Privacy Policies and References: DOI and Federal privacy policies and privacy-related resources.

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs): List of official PIAs and Adapted PIAs for DOI Bureaus and Offices.

Privacy Act Notices: The Privacy Act requires each agency to publish notice of its systems of records in the Federal Register. This notice is generally referred to as a system of records notice (SORN).

The Indian Affairs Privacy Office is responsible for implementation of the Privacy Program. You are encouraged to contact the Privacy Act Officer whenever you are unsure about how to deal with a particular Privacy Act issue. When in doubt, always consult with the Privacy Act Officer before you release records protected by the Privacy Act. For questions regarding the Indian Affairs Privacy Program, contact us at