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November 12, 2009

Researching Native American Law

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

If you are beginning to research native American law, this blog offers some starting places for your research.

The U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a starting point.  The document library includes policy documents issued by the Interior Department as well as Federal Register notices.  The most recent document coming from President Barack Obama, MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES; SUBJECT: Tribal Consultation, was issued Nov. 9, 2009.

The National Indian Law Library is a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law.  The website includes indexes to both State and Federal resources and they provide an Ask-a-Librarian service via email or phone. Their collection includes tribal constitutions, codes, ordinances, charters, bylaws and governmental aggreements, Indian Law treatises, case law reporters, federal legislative history relating to Indian Law and newsletters, newspapers and periodicals.

Landmark Indian Law Cases (a book in the law library collection) contains 53 U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the field of federal Indian law, decisions spanning nearly 200 years of American history. In cooperation with Westlaw, opinions with West headnotes have been added to all of the cases. The cases are arranged chronologically, but subject and alphabetical indexes are included.  The first case, Johnson v. M’Intosh, was decided in 1823 and the last case, Nevada v. Hicks, was decided in 2001.

LLMC-Digital has digitized basic legal documents related to native American law.  Also, Washburn University School of Law has an online research guide.

The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes LLMC-Digital available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

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