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Native American Law Research Guide

This guide includes a selection of legal, governmental, and public policy resources in various formats on Native American law.

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Introduction

For a comprehensive introduction to American Indian law see Angelique Townsend Eaglewoman and Stacy L. Leeds, Mastering American Indian Law and Federal Indian Law by Matthew L.M. Fletcher.

Three Supreme Court cases, known as the Marshall Trilogy, form the basis of Federal American Indian law: Johnson v McIntosh (1823), Cherokee Nation v Georgia (1831), and Worcester v Georgia (1832).  As with all other Federal law, primary documentation consists of case law, legislation and regulations, as well as administrative materials. 

In addition, each tribe also has a body of primary law, consisting of tribal court decisions, statutes and regulations, administrative agency materials, and tribal customs.  See the Tribal Law tab for information on accessing these materials.