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American Indian Law: Historic Indian Publications

Bureau of Ethnology

The Bureau of American Ethnology was established by Congress in 1897 (under the supervision of the Smithsonian Institute)  to study the culture and history of Native Americans.  John Wesley Powell, a geologist and explorer of the American West, served as its first director until his death, September 23, 1902.  Below are Bureau publications accessible from the BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library).