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American Indian Studies

a guide to American Indian Studies research at Meriam Library

Tribal Law

Background Information

Begin your tribal law research project by finding background information about the tribe’s legal system. This will give you an idea about the types of primary sources you will need to locate:  constitutions, treaties, codes, court decisions, and customary or traditional law. Listed below are sources for this type of information.

Tribal Codes, Constitutions, Court Opinions

Federal Indian Law

Judicial - The Courts

Executive- The President and Agencies

The President

Department of Interior

Other Federal Agencies

Department of War
In ​1824 the Office of Indian Affairs was established in the United States Department of War. This office was charged with overseeing and carrying out the federal government's trade and treaty relations with Indian tribes. In 1849 the Office of Indian Affairs was transferred to the newly established Department of the Interior.

Legislative- Congress

International Indigenous Law

Key International Documents

The United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization with 193 member states. The organization has five principle organs: the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, and International Court of Justice. Below is a list of resources for locating UN information and documents relating to Indigenous peoples.

International Organizations

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