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The National American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) Map

Updated: August 23, 2017

About This Map


AIAN map thumbnailThe Social Security Administration (SSA) is committed to strengthening our relationship with Indian tribes through multiple initiatives as defined in Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. The American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) special Internet site is the Social Security Administration’s effort to improve communication and provide information about all of Social Security’s programs to American Indian/Alaska Native peoples. For more information on our SSA AIAN services, please visit the American Indians and Alaska Natives website.

Map Purpose

The American Indians Alaska Natives (AIAN) map provides tribal information, Social Security Video Service Delivery (VSD) sites, and Social Security Field and Resident Station locations to increase awareness for Social Security Administration employees on the 567 federally recognized tribes to improve service delivery. This map allows employees to share information with tribal organizations on the services available to them based on the geographical location of the tribal reservation; SSA services include Video Service Delivery (VSD) sites, Field Offices, and Resident Station information.

Map Dictionary

Map Layers Description

Federally Recognized Boundaries

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs defines Reservation Boundaries as locations, selected demographics and other associated data for Federally Recognized Tribal entities in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska, including data on American Indian Reservations, Federally Recognized Tribal Entities, and Alaska Native Villages.

Federally Recognized Reservations

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs defines a Federal Indian reservation as an area of land reserved for a tribe or tribes under treaty or other agreement with the United States, executive order, or federal statute or administrative action as permanent tribal homelands. The federal government holds title to the land in trust on behalf of the tribe.

Federally Recognized Tribes

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs defines an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe as an entity that has a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with the responsibilities, powers, limitations, and obligations attached to that designation. Federally recognized tribes possess certain inherent rights of self-government (i.e., tribal sovereignty) and are entitled to receive certain federal benefits, services, and protections because of their special relationship with the United States. There are 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages.

Social Security Administration: Regions

Social Security headquarters is located in Woodlawn, MD, and divides its offices across the United States into 10 regions. Each region has a main office that oversees the field offices located within that region.

Social Security Administration: Video Service Delivery (VSD) Sites

Social Security VSD sites is an innovative way of providing Social Security services to the changing needs of the public. VSD sites allows Social Security employees to provide service to members of the public who are located in other Social Security offices or non-SSA distances via video conference equipment. The VSDs identified in the AIAN map are ones closest to Indian tribes and reservations.

Social Security Administration: Field Offices

Social Security field offices generally offer the full range of Social Security services. Services include: applying for new or replacement Social Security cards; applying for Social Security and Supplemental Security income benefits; making changes to your benefits information; and helping Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources apply for extra help with the cost of their prescription drugs under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Many of these same services are available on the Social Security website or through our toll-free service, 1-800-772-1213 (Voice) or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY).

Social Security Administration: Resident Stations

A Social Security resident station is a very small facility in remote areas, such as at a community center, nursing home, etc. Resident Stations have more limited services, and are staffed by a small number of employees. Resident stations provide face-to-face service for communities distant from or not easily accessible to the field office. The Resident Stations identified in the AIAN map are ones closest to Indian tribes and reservations. These are generally located in sparsely populated areas.

Map Data Sources and Contact Information:

  • Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Services, Division of Land Titles and Records, Branch of Geospatial Support. For questions on BIA data, email: geospatial@bia.gov.

  • Social Security Administration: Office of Operations, Detailed Office/Organization Resource System (DOORS), and Social Security Administration’s National American Indians and Alaska Natives Workgroup. For questions on Social Security data, email: SSA.Tribal.Communications@ssa.gov.

  • Please direct any suggestions, comments, or questions about our maps at open.government@ssa.gov.

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