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See also the NILL guide on how to find tribal codes and ordinances.

Gaming Laws

Water Quality Standards

Liquor Laws

Indian Child Welfare

Climate Change Resolutions (AK)



Gaming Laws

Gaming ordinances on the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) web site.
(From the NIGC web site)
"The IGRA requires that each Tribe enact a Tribal Gaming Ordinance that is approved by the NIGC Chairman before opening a gaming operation. The IGRA, 25 U.S.C. § 2710, and NIGC regulations, 25 C.F.R. Part 522, require certain provisions to appear in the ordinance. Additional guidance is provided in NIGC Bulletins 1993-1 and 2005-5. Below are the Tribal Gaming Ordinances approved by the NIGC Chairman."

Water Quality Standards

Tribal Water Quality Standards approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
(From the EPA website)
EPA has compiled state, territory, and authorized tribal water quality standards that are EPA-approved or were effective prior to May 30, 2000, for Clean Water Act purposes. Some of these documents are more recent than May 2000. These state and tribal water quality standards constitute the baseline of water quality standards in effect for Clean Water Act purposes. Any revisions determined to be less stringent must be approved by EPA prior to use in Clean Water Act programs.

Climate Change Resolutions (AK)

Tribal Resolutions on Climate Change from Alaska Native Tribes & Villages.
(From the NILL website)
NARF gathered 162 Tribal and Corporate Resolutions calling on Congress and the Executive Office to adopt legislation reducing carbon emissions. The resolutions were carried to Washington, D.C. by tribal leaders and presented to the Alaska Delegation .

Liquor Laws

Video demo on how to access Native American Liquor Ordinances. (Print Guide Alternative)

As discussed in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Rice v. Rehner, 463 U.S. 713 (1983), Congress has traditionally had concurrent jurisdiction with the states over the regulation of liquor on tribal lands. By enacting 18 U.S.C. § 1161, Congress delegated that concurrent jurisdiction over liquor regulation to tribal entities, provided there was a “ordinance duly adopted by the tribe having jurisdiction over such area of Indian country, certified by the Secretary of the Interior, and published in the Federal Register.”

Because of this statute, Native American Liquor Ordinances can be found in the Federal Register. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has lists of the published ordinances and relevant citations to the Federal Register, arraigned both alphabetically and by publication date, in its document library.

The Federal Register from 1995 to present can be accessed electronically via the Federal Digital System (FDsys). FDsys provides access to authentic government information, maintained by the Government Printing Office. If you are seeking an ordinance published prior to 1995, please contact the National Indian Law Library at askNILL and we would be happy to help you.

Indian Child Welfare Laws

Selected online tribal laws relating to Indian child welfare.
(From the NARF website)
Online tribal code provisions relating to child custody and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

 

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