TRIBAL LAW GATEWAY - OLD VERSION
A Guide to Tribal Law Research
NILL Tribal Law Index
We are moving our tribal law materials to a new format. You can see the new format at our current Tribal Law Gateway. If your tribe's materials are not yet available in the new format, you still can find them using the old format here at this Tribal Law Index.
Find tribal law materials available from NILL or online
(Organized by Tribal Name)
BASIC INDIAN LAW RESEARCH TIPS--TRIBAL LAW
By David Selden, National Indian Law Library
updated January 2012. Originally published in 2005 as part of the Legal Research Corner, a project of the Colorado Association of Law Libraries
Search the NILL Catalog for Tribal Codes
Search all Digital Copies of Tribal Codes & Constitutions
Use our "custom search" feature to search through the full-text of all tribal codes, ordinances and constitutions published on our website or on other websites. Watch a 3 minute video demo on how to do this.
Related NILL Research
Selected online resources relating to tribal law:
Tribal Law Links / Tribal Court Clearinghouse - Provides links to tribal law resources on the Internet.
Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project / University of Oklahoma - codes, constitutions and other digital works, many of which are historical.
Indian Law Portal / Arizona State University Law Library - This portal has an Arizona focus (see "AZ Trbal Law Sources") but is also comprehensive in scope, including both tribal law and federal Indian law resources.
Tribal Law Journal at University of New Mexico School of Law
Basic Indian Law Research Tips: Part II: Tribal Law." January, 2012 update to an article originally written in The Colorado Lawyer in 2005
Selected print resources relating to tribal law:
Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure / Carrie E. Garrow and Sarah Deer (2004). Catalog record.
Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies / Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer (2004). Catalog record.
American Indian Tribal Governments / by Sharon O'Brien. (1989) Catalog record.
Tribal legal assistance: The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) may be able to provide assistance with drafting tribal law. Contact NARF to learn more.
Research assistance. The National Indian Law Library is available to provide research assistance and may have access to more research tools than are listed above. Please contact the library for more information.