US Government Documents related to Indigenous Nations


Lewis Meriam


US Department of the Interior


70th Congress, 1st Session



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This report, published February 21, 1928, supervised by Lewis Meriam and known colloquially as "The Meriam Report," is a general survey of the living conditions of Indigenous tribes in 26 US states. The study was conducted at the request of the United States Department of the Interior and took 7 months to complete. The study was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The study reported major issues in health, living conditions, employment, and general economic stability among the United State’s Indigenous nations. The report contains detailed chapters on each of the major issues investigated and includes recommendations for action. Although the recommendations in the Meriam Report spurred legislation that aimed to correct the economic hardship and suffering of Indigenous people in the United States, the tone of the report is paternalistic and often derogatory.

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Meriam Report, Rockefeller Foundation, economic hardship, economic instability, poor health, recommendations

Organizations Referenced

Department of the Interior, Rockefeller Foundation

People Referenced

Lewis Meriam, Hubert Work


Government Printing Office


American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History

Recommended Citation

Meriam, Lewis. The Problem of Indian Administration; Report of a Survey Made at the Request of Hubert Work, Secretary of the Interior, and Submitted to Him, February 21, 1928. February 21, 1928.

The Problem of Indian Administration: Report of a Survey Made at the Request of Honorable Hubert Work, Secretary of the Interior, and Submitted to Him, February 21, 1928



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