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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

ProQuest Congressional

Additional databases
Westlaw Campus Research

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:



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.