BIA Indian Trust Fund Search: Individual Indian Monies & Tribal Trust Funds
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) holds 11 million acres in trust for Native Americans. Money from timber sales, agricultural and oil leases is distributed under the Individual Indian Monies (IIM) program. In addition to Individual Indian Monies, the Office of Trust Funds Management administers Tribal Trust Accounts.
The Special Trustee for American Indians oversees annual payments of $450 million for 300,000 Native Americans, but the whereabouts of 47,000 Native Americans eligible for payment are unknown.
The settlement of recent class action litigation (Cobell) will significantly increase your entitlement. On November 30, 2010, Congress authorized a $3.4 billion payment owed over 500,000 Native Americans. The federal government will also create a $60 million Native American Indian Education Scholarship Fund to improve access to higher education for Native Americans.
Due to lost and inaccurate records – many lack a current address and social security number – you will likely not be contacted, so you should initiate a search. For a search the Office of Trust Funds Management Individual Indian Monies (IIM) Whereabouts Unknown database and to obtain recovery and claims information complete the form below.