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Selected Tribal Law Recently Updated or Added:

• Updated Ponca of Nebraska Tribal Code. (7/12/2012)

• New Yakama Nation Tribal Code available in print. (7/5/2012)

• Tribal code of the Rincon Band of LuiseƱo Mission Indians updated 5/2/2012.

• Tribal code of the Rosebud Sioux updated 4/242012.

Swinomish Tribal Code was updated 12/28/2011.

The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Tribal Code was updated on 12/23/11.

Participate in the Tribal Law Project:

A major goal of the National Indian Law Library is to provide access to as many tribal governance documents as possible. We are looking for tribes to partner with us on this Tribal Law Project. We look forward to working with you!

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)

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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 for a tribe's code in the NILL catalog. Watch a 2 minute video demo on how to do this.

Find provisions by topic in the NILL catalog. Watch a 4 minute video demo on how to do this.

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 Guides:

Tribal Code & Ordinance Research Guide

Tribal Constitution Research Guide

Tribal Court Opinion Research  | Tribal Court Rules

Tribal Compact & Intergovernmental Agreement Research

Tribal Law Drafting

Treaties Research Guide

Tribal Legal Histories

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.

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