The National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law. NILL serves the public by developing and making accessible a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and assisting people with their Indian law-related information needs.
Stay Abreast of What is Happening in Indian Law
NILL offers a number of Indian Law News Bulletins covering federal and state jurisdictions, federal regulations and legislation, law reviews, and general news sources. Updates are published usually on a weekly basis and are available here on our home page or from the NILL blog, with the option of RSS feed or email delivery.
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Access Tribal Laws and Constitutions
Working with tribes through the Access to Tribal Law Project, NILL provides access to tribal codes, constitutions, intergovernmental agreements, and legal opinions in order to enhance the power of tribal courts, strengthen tribal sovereignty, and promote justice in Indian Country. We currently are partnering with more than 300 tribes and have almost 100 tribes' materials available online. Each tribe decides how to include it's materials in the tribal law collection. To find what materials are available for a particular tribe, please visit our Tribal Law Gateway.
Use Our Online Guides and Unique Print Collection to Research Indian Law
Having developed our collection and collective expertise for many years, NILL provides a unique resource for individuals researching Indian law. Our website includes online research guides for topics such as Indian Child Welfare, International Indigenous Rights, History/Culture/Religion, and Tribal Sovereignty. The NILL print collection includes hard-to-find materials like pleadings from cases filed from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Through the NILL online catalog, you are invited to look through the collection and request materials for delivery (a nominal fee may apply).
Get Research Help
If you need assistance with your research, the staff at the National Indian Law Library are available to help. Research questions can be submitted through the online form (Ask NILL) or by phone or email.