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American Indian Law

American Indian Law research is complex and challenging. This guide covers U.S. statutues, tribal codes, case law, and secondary sources.

Selected Research Guides


  • Nancy Carol Carter, American Indian Law: Research and Sources, 4 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 5 (1985).  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • Nancy Carol Carter, American Indian Tribal Governments, Law, and Courts, 18 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 7 (2000).  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • Nancy Carol Carter, The Special Case of Alaska: Native Law and Research, 22 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 11 (2003).  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • John W. Gillingham, Pathfinder: Tribal, Federal, and State Court  Subject Matter Jurisdictional Bounds: Suits Involving Native American Interests, 18 American Indian Law Review 73 (1993).  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • Penny A Hazelton, et al., Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook (3d ed. 2002).  (KFW75.W37 2002 - Reference & Kelley Reading Room)

  • Joe Leavengood, Finding the Law on the Rez: An Overview of Researching Indian Law in Idaho and on the Internet, The Advocate, Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar, March 2003, at 28.  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • Robert J. McCarty, Native Justice: A Look at Tribal Court Jurisdiction in Washington State, Washington State Bar News, August 1999, at 38.  (Periodicals – Third Floor & HeinOnline)

  • Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Sovereignty Symposium 16: 2003: From Sacagawea to Space. Oklahoma City, Okla., Supreme Court of Oklahoma (2003). (KF8201.A4  2003 - Third Floor)

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