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Read about tribal code research in Researching American Indian Tribal Law (from the National Indian Law Library).

Find tribal code provisions by topic or subject:

  • Find provisions in 240+ tribal codes by using our custom search (at right). It will search the full text of all codes that NILL has available online as well as the table of contents of codes that NILL has available in print. Watch a 3 minute video demo on how to do this.
  • Collections of tribal codes related to water quality, gaming, liquor, Indian Child Welfare and resolutions on climate change.

Find tribal codes and constitutions by name of tribe:

To see a list of the
library's collection
of tribal codes:

Go to NILL's online catalog advanced search and select the type Tribal Code.

Search full-text of all tribal codes available online at the NILL website:

  • Use our custom search (above) to search through the full-text of all tribal codes, ordinances, and constitutions published on our website. Watch a 3 minute video demo on how to do this.

Westlaw (fee-based) resources:

  • More than two dozen tribal codes are available. See Westlaw Directory for more information.

Lexis-Nexis (fee-based) resources:

  • Selected Montana tribal codes are available. See Lexis Directory for more information.

Find materials about drafting codes or ordinances -- See our Tribal Law Drafting web page.

Selected online resources relating to tribal codes:

Tribal Law Links / Tribal Court Clearinghouse.

Indian Law Portal / Arizona State University Law Library. Arizona focus, includes both tribal law and federal Indian law resources.

Tribal Law Journal / University of New Mexico School of Law

Tribal Government Links / USA.gov

National Directory of Tribal Justice Systems - National American Indian Court Judges Association - National directory includes contact information for tribal justice systems. May be sorted by Tribe, NAICJA Region, BIA Region or State.

Selected print sources related to tribal codes:

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure / Carrie E. Garrow and Sarah Deer (2004). NILL Catalog record.

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies / Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer (2004). NILL Catalog record.

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