Indian Law Resources

A Legal Practitioner's Guide to Indian and Tribal Law Research. American Indian Law Journal, vol. 5, p. 102-138 (2016).

Basic 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.

Findlaw Guides Under "law topic legal guide" one can select "native peoples law" for short guides to Native American law topics.

Guide to Law Online - United States: Native American Peoples (Library of Congress) Links to texts, "commentary" publications, and agencies.

How 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.

Papers 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

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Often-used books at the library:

American Indian law deskbook / Conference of Western Attorneys General.

American Indian law in a nutshell / by William C. Canby, Jr.

Cases and materials on federal Indian law / by David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, Robert A. Williams, Jr.

Cohen's handbook of federal Indian law.

The rights of Indians and tribes / by Stephen L. Pevar.