Digital Collections

IDA Treaties Explorer

Digital collection. View digitized historic treaties between Indigenous tribes and the U.S. government alongside key historic works that provide context to the agreements made and the histories of shared lands.

Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, All US History
Themes: Imperialism, Native American, Pacific Islander, US Foreign Policy

The U.S. National Archives holds the records of 374 treaties, known as the Ratified Indian Treaties, created between the colonial governments and Indigenous tribes.

The public can access most of these treaties through the IDA Treaties Explorer, a digital collection produced by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in collaboration with the New Mexico State Library, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the New Mexico History Museum.

Along with treaties, the IDA Treaties Explorer offers a database of digitized land cessions, maps showing sovereign boundaries, and information about Tribes that have made treaties and agreements with the U.S. government. The list of Tribes includes both historical and modern, federally recognized Tribes.

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