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Native American Studies Research Guide

The content of this guide was created by Joan Berman, Librarian Emerita

Getting Started

Two resources to help you understand legal reference sources:

Statutory, Case and Administrative Law: Federal and California

Legal Reference Resources and Internet Guides

 

Databases for Indian Law

Lexis-Nexis

ProQuest Congressional

Reference Collection

  • Johnston-Dodds, Kimberly. Early California Laws and Policies Related to California Indians (ref E 78 C15 J64 2002 and online)
  • Washburn, Wilcomb. The American Indian and the United States: A Documentary History (ref E 93 W27) Reprints of major documents in 4 volumes
  • Indian Law Reporter. 1976- (ref KF 8201 A3 I5) Full text of cases from all jurisdictions. Monthly updates, semi-annual and annual indexes, by case and by broad subject.
  • Deloria and DeMallie. Documents of American Indian Diplomacy 1775-1979 (ref KF 8202 1999)

Searching for Books

Browsing the Collection

Call Numbers for Indian Law:

KF8201-KF8228

Location Map of Indian Law Books

 

Searching The Catalog

Check the Library Catalog to find known authors and titles as well as to browse by subject.

 

Broadest approach is Keyword:

Indian? legal

Indian? law

 

Subject Headings for Indian Law:

  • Indians of North America - Government relations
  • Indians of North America - Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Indians of North America - Legal status, laws, etc. - Water rights.
  • Navajo Indians - Legal status, laws, etc.
  • United States - Civilization - Indian influences

Online Texts

  • Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project – Coordinated by The University of Oklahoma Law Library and The National Indian Law Library of the Native American Rights Fund. Includes on-line version of tribal codes, constitutions, Cohen’s Handbook, etc. See also the Research Guides.
  • Index of Treaties - compiled by G. William Rice, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Tulsa.
  • Indian Affairs: Laws and TreatiesCompiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, published in 1904. Alvailable online through the Oklahoma State University Library.

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