Indian Law Research Sources

Selected Articles on Indian Law Research

A Legal Practitioner's Guide to Indian and Tribal Law Research by Kelly Kunsch. American Indian Law Journal, vol. 5, p. 102-138 (2016).

Basic Indian Law Research Tips -- Part I: Federal Indian Law (revised in 2008) by National Indian Law Library.

Basic Indian Law Research Tips -- Part II: Tribal Law (revised in 2014) by National Indian Law Library.

Additional guides and articles on Indian research available at the National Indian Law Library. (Use askNILL to request copies.)

Selected Free Guides and Portals for Indian Law Research

NILL Indian Law Bulletins (National Indian Law Library) Research Indian law cases, U.S. legislation, scholarship, federal regulatory action and news using the custom Google search engine. Stay abreast of new legal develpoments with free weekly email updates.

NILL Tribal Law Gateway (National Indian Law Library) Provides access to tribal law. Research law and government with a focus on tribal codes/ordinances, and constitutions.

Researching Native American Law: Print and Online Resources for Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law by Marilyn Nicely. A research guide maintained by the University of Oklahoma Law Library.

Indian & Tribal Law Research, University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library. Resources for researching federal Indian law (the relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes) and tribal law (the internal law of Indian tribes).

Northeastern University Rights of Indigenous Peoples Research Guide Arizona State University Indian Law Portal Focus is on international law resources.

How to Build a Tribal Legal History (Created by Nancy Carol Carter. Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law. Hosted on the NILL website.) Describes a step-by-step process for finding the documents needed to build a tribal legal history. At each of the five steps, researchers are guided to the most authoritative electronic and print sources, offering alternative sources when available.

Guide to Law Online - Indigenous Law Portal (Library of Congress) Links to texts, "commentary" publications, and agencies.

Modern Tribal Law (Library of Congress) Focus on print resources.

Arizona State University Indian Law Portal Links to book information and Internet resources with emphasis on Arizona tribes.


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Recommended books on this topic:

American Indian tribal law / Conference of Western Attorneys General.

American Indian law in a nutshell / by William C. Canby, Jr.

Cases and materials on federal Indian law / by David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, Robert A. Williams, Jr.

Cohen's handbook of federal Indian law.

The rights of Indians and tribes / by Stephen L. Pevar.