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Legal Research Resources for USD Students (Non-Law): Native American Law
This guide is intended for academic research in legal resources by University of South Dakota graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and schools other than the School of Law. The information in this guide is not intended as legal advice.
Charles J. Kappler compiled and edited seven volumes of United States treaties, federal statutes and executive orders from 1778-1970 concerning Native American tribes. Website from Oklahoma State University.
From the University of Nebraska, this webpage includes links to the text of nine treaties, seven with the British and two with the United States government, that were not included in Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties.
The phrase "Native American Law" encompasses both federal Indian law and tribal law. Federal Indian law refers to the law regarding the relationship between the United States government and Indian tribes, including treaties. Tribal law is the law created by each Indian nation or tribe, and pertains to the territory of a tribe and its members.
These guides are excellent starting points before beginning Native American Law research:
Links to select tribal constitutions, tribal codes, and treaties, as well as links to Supreme Court updates from the National Indian Law Library and the Handbook of Federal Indian Law by Felix S. Cohen (1941).
This LibGuide links to tribal appellate court opinions authored by Professor Frank Pommersheim of the University of South Dakota School of Law, sitting as Chief Justice or Associate Justice on various tribal courts. The opinions are organized by tribe and each tribe's opinions are listed by year in chronological order.