Friday, June 2nd, 2023
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Agency Profile: A look inside the responsibilities of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Dozens of tribal bands across the Great Lakes influence regional natural resources management in a variety of ways, including fish hatcheries, hunting and fishing season frameworks, law enforcement, and invasive species monitoring. BIA policies affect natural resources on and off tribal lands.
With roots that reach all the way back to the Continental Congress, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is nearly as old as the United States itself. In 1775, the Continental Congress created a Committee on Indian Affairs, headed by Benjamin Franklin. The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8) describes Congress’s powers over Indian affairs: “To regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.”
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