A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 19, 2015
Bureau of Incompetent Asses (Bureau of Indian Affairs or BIA nickname)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior responsible for the administation and management of Native American land in the United States. Critics of the Bureau of Indian Affairs have nicknamed it the “Bureau of Incompetent Asses,” cited in print since at least 1999.

Another nickname of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is “Boss Indians Around.”


Wikipedia: Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States within the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is responsible for the administration and management of 55,700,000 acres (225,000 km2) of land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans in the United States, Native American Tribes and Alaska Natives.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is one of two bureaus under the jurisdiction of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs: the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, which provides education services to approximately 48,000 Native Americans.

Google Books
Plants:
A Novel

By Fred Bigjim
Kearney, NE: Morris Pub.
1999
Pg. 57:
“You know what BIA means, don’t you?” Dale asked.

For the first time, David sensed a genuine bitterness in Dale’s speech. He gave the obvious answer for the government agency’s acronym, “Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

Dale did not look at David, but too ka drink before answering. He stared straight ahead as he said, “Wrong, brother.” Dale turned, looked at David, and continued in a more humorous tone. “It means ‘Boss Indians Around.’ ‘Burro of Indian Affairs.’ ‘Bureaucratic Intrusive Affairs.’ ‘Bureau of Incompetent Asses.’ I could tell you lots more, but they aren’t so complimentary. Know what I mean?”

Google Groups: alt.native
BIA Still the BOSS!!
Glenn Gehring
4/18/01
BIA Still the BOSS!! (Cherokee Nation)
Should the BIA have such power over tribes?  Isn’t our history and current events filled with evidence of BIA incompetence?  The “missing” _billions_ of dollars of tribal money they hold in “trust” for tribes and individual Indians, as well as documentation within the Federal government implicating the BIA as the worst managed of all Federal Agencies seems to indicate that they aren’t capable of even managing themselves!  Why should they “Boss Indians Around” (some folks think BIA stands for Boss Indians Around...I’ve heard less flattering things such as Bureau of Incompetent A...you’ll have to fill in behind the A yourself)?  I’m obviously NOT a fan of the BIA.

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✛Oitancan Mani✛
‏@OitancanMani
My uncle Tim Giago says, BIA, Bureau of Indian Affairs? “It should read ‘Bureau of Incompetent Asses.” LMUO!
9:38 AM - 8 Jan 2013

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Williams & Cochrane
‏@wctribal
[Feds] [Op-Ed] BIA: Bureau of Incompetent Asses. http://bit.ly/13gJX1i via Native American Times.
3:33 PM - 8 Jan 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 • Permalink