Biography and History

William Byler was Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) from 1962 to 1980. Under Byler's leadership, the AAIA worked to promote the self-sufficiency of Native Americans as a whole and of individual communities. AAIA was especially active during this time on issues related to health, education, and welfare; economic life; arts and crafts; and land and water rights. After leaving AAIA, Byler continued advocating for the Native American community, first at Gerard, Byler and Associates and later at William Byler Associates.

Source: From the finding aid for MC201

  • William Byler Papers. 1977-1999 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC201

    William Byler was Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) from 1962 to 1980. After leaving AAIA, Byler continued advocating for the Native American community, first at Gerard, Byler and Associates and later at William Byler Associates. Byler's papers document his work on behalf of the Native American community after leaving AAIA. The papers include legal memoranda, draft and final agreements between Native American communities and companies or government agencies, and court documents, as well as topical files of related legislation and reports on the issues.

  • William Byler Papers. 1977-1999 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC201

    William Byler was Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) from 1962 to 1980. After leaving AAIA, Byler continued advocating for the Native American community, first at Gerard, Byler and Associates and later at William Byler Associates. Byler's papers document his work on behalf of the Native American community after leaving AAIA. The papers include legal memoranda, draft and final agreements between Native American communities and companies or government agencies, and court documents, as well as topical files of related legislation and reports on the issues.