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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.

Treaties - USD Resources

Federal Indian Law Resources

This list includes links to online sources of law reviews, treaties, and federal administrative decisions.

Introduction to Native American Law

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:

David Selden & Monica Martens, Basic Indian Law Research Tips -Part I: Federal Indian Law (2008).

David Selden, Researching American Indian Tribal Law (2014).

Marilyn K. Nicely, Annotated Bibliography of Federal and Tribal Law: Print and Internet Sources (April, 2010).

Tribal Law Resources

Native American Law - USD Resources

Search for Other Native American Law Resources at USD

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Suggested subject headings:

  • Indians of North America -- Legal Status, Laws, etc.
  • Indians of North America -- Law and Legislation
  • Tribal Government
  • Tribal Government -- United States
  • Tribal Government South Dakota
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