Indian Affairs Manual

The Indian Affairs Manual (IAM) documents the current operational policy of Indian Affairs' (IA) programs. IAMs are permanent policy that do not 'expire' like National Policy Memorandums (NPMs) do, but they should be reviewed for accuracy regularly, and updated whenever necessary. Additionally, per 381 DM 1, all DOI bureaus/offices must review their own policies/directives every two years for need and correctness.

The IAM is organized into sections called Parts, which are the major functions and programs (for example: Budget, Trust, Education) under the authority of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs. Each Part is further divided into chapters; these chapters describe (in general) what each program or functional area is responsible for (what they do) and under what authority they do it. Employees can access the IAM template and other policy guidance by visiting RACA's internal website via SharePoint (for IA employees only):

The Parts of the Manual are organized in the following groups:

 0 – 10 Items of General Interest
11 – 17 Relationships with Tribes, Congress, the States, and the Public
18 – 29 Management and Administration
30 – 34 Education Programs
35 – 39 Reserved
40 – 42 Law Enforcement and Security Services
43 – 47 Economic Development
48 – 58 Trust Services
59 – 59 Environmental and Cultural Resources Management
60 – 69 Information Technology
70 – 75 Indian Services
76 – 76 Indian Land Consolidation Program
77 – 77 Land Buy Back Program
78 – 78 BIA - Other Programs
79 – 79 Reserved
80 – 89 Construction and Maintenance
90 – 92 Emergency Operations
93 – 100 Reserved
101 – 105 Reserved

The IAM Index is a work in progress and changes regularly as programs update their policies in conjunction with changing organizational structure and program responsibilities. Note that chapters without document links either: have not yet been developed, or are in development/review by the appropriate program office (but not yet final and available for posting).

In the "Issue Date" column,if it states "Reissued (date)", it means the policy was already in place but due for a review; the policy was reviewed by the appropriate program staff/management, and reissued with a new release # and issue date. Minor edits to content may be included in the reissued version.