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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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Tribal Law Resources on the Web

  • National Indian Law Library. Provided by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), a public law library devoted to developing and making accessible a unique collection of Indian law resources. Includes extensive online materials, including a comprehensive Tribal Law Gateway that indexes tribal law materials alphabetically by tribe name. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Library also offers free research assistance by email.
  • Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project. A cooperative effort by the University of Oklahoma Law Center, the National Indian Law Library (NILL), and Native American tribes providing access to the Constitutions, Tribal Codes, and other legal documents.

Organizations

  • American Indian Law Center, Inc. The AILC focuses on law and public policy. Its Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals functions as a tribal appellate court, which facilitates member tribes' research.
  • American Indian Policy Center. The Center aims to provide accurate information about the history and current situation of Native Americans.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. The Bureau manages approximately 55.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States on behalf of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.
  • Montana Indian Law. Tribal codes, court decisions, rules and treaties for Native American tribes throughout Montana.
  • National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA). Founded in 1969, NAICJA supports the American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through "education, information sharing, and advocacy."
  • National Congress of American Indians. Founded in 1944, the main objective of the organization is "to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • National Native American Bar Association (NNABA). Founded in 1973, the NNABA "serves as the national association for Native American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students."
  • National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA). This is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1993 in Washington, D.C. Its mission is "to promote and foster mutual cooperation between American Indian Law Enforcement Officers/Agents/Personnel, their agencies, tribes, private industry and public."
  • National Tribal Justice Resource Center. The Center is a project of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, and provides opportunities and services for personnel in tribal justice systems and tribal law.
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF). NARF is a non profit organization providing legal assistance technical support to Indian tribes. NARF's headquarters is in Boulder, Colorado and it has branches in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Tribal Court Clearinghouse. A project of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. This website contains links to numerous federal and native organizations, as well as tribal, federal and state laws.