ALL New edition of FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-046 

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 11, 2024) – In this Fun with Maps Issue we welcome back FwM author Steve Kovacs from his weeklong vacation in the sun, sand and surf with a look at some Native American (Indigenous Peoples) history.  

Indian Affairs

The Bureau of Indian Affairs was founded 200 years ago today. 

Its purpose is to provide a governmental relationship with Indian tribes, as well as promote safe and quality living environments, strong communities, self-sufficient and individual rights, while enhancing protection of the lives, prosperity and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The BIA has its roots as one of the oldest governmental agencies, with a committee established as early as 1775 to work with treaties and trade with the native peoples.

Originally part of the War Department, it is now part of the Department of the Interior. Establishing treaties, trade and settling land disputes has morphed into managing over 55,700,000 acres of land, called reservations, that are held in trust for indigenous tribes. 

There are 574 recognized tribes, meaning that the agency provides services for roughly 2 million people.  Services range from schools, agricultural and economic assistance, and managing natural resources.  The role of the BIA is slowly changing from supervisory to advisory.

This map displays the “Indian Reservations” as they were in the US in 1893. 

Indian Reservations – circa 1893

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.