Federal Indian Law Resources
Indian Law Research Tips -- Part I: Federal
Indian Law (2005) (National Indian Law Library) March 2008
update to an article originally written
in The Colorado
Lawyer in 2005. Published
as part of the Legal Research Corner,
a project of the Colorado Association
of Law Libraries (CoALL).
The second part of this article series was Basic
Indian Law Research Tips -- Part II: Tribal Law.
Researching Native American Law: Print and Online Resources for Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law A research guide maintained by the University of Oklahoma Law Library.
Guides Under "law topic legal guide" one can select "native
peoples law" for short guides to Native American law topics.
to Law Online - United States: Native American Peoples (Library of Congress)
Links to texts, "commentary" publications, and agencies.
to Build a Tribal Legal History (Created by Nancy
Carol Carter. Professor of Law
and Director of the Pardee
Legal Research Center,
University of San Diego School of Law. Hosted on the NILL website.) Describes
a step-by-step process for finding the
documents needed to build a tribal legal
history. At each of the five steps, researchers
are guided to the most authoritative
electronic and print sources, offering
alternative sources when available.
on American Indian Law (Moriset, Schlosser, Ayer & Jozwiak law
firm) Offers papers on a variety of Indian law topics.
Project on the Judiciary (NCAI and NARF) The Project's primary goal is to ensure that the federal judiciary is composed of individuals who understand the unique legal status of Indian tribes and will approach Indian issues from an unbiased perspective.
Indian Law Portals
Commercial web sites with free resources:
Online Books & Treatises
of Federal Indian Law - (Native American Constitution and Law Digitization
Project, University of Oklahoma Law Library). By Felix S. Cohen (1945 edition).
Affairs: Laws and Treaties. - (Oklahoma State University) - The complete
7 volume set. Includes treaties and federal laws passed relating to Native
Americans through January 13, 1971. Volume II is the treaties and executive
orders volume. See also United States Statutes at Large in the "Federal
Laws" resources web page.
Problem of Indian Administration:
Meriam Report (1921)
Finding Case Law Related to Native American Issues
Indian Law News Bulletins
Sign up to receive free Indian Law news bulletins from NILL.
Also, use the bulletin's search engine to search for case names or topics. Find relevant cases going back 10+ years.
Tribal Supreme Court Project (Native American Rights Fund) Includes selected case dockets and documents related to Indian law.
Court Clearinghouse Summaries of Supreme Court decisions in Indian
Law cases back to 1991, with links to the full text of decisions.
U.S. Supreme Court Cases Regarding Federal Indian Law
(Wisconsin Judicare's Indian Law Office). Links to current and historical
opinions -- 1831 to present.
Court Review (Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project,
University of Oklahoma Law Library). Status of Native American cases before
the U.S. Supreme Court 1997 - present.
Book: LandmarkIndian Law Cases edited by the
National Indian Law Library and published by W.S. Hein.
Indian Claims Commission Materials (National Indian Law Library). The Indian Claims Commission was created in 1946 to hear claims of 'any Indian tribe, band, or other identifiable group of American Indians' against the United States. aims not settled after 1978 were transferred to the Court of Claims.