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United States: legal resources: Indigenous Law

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Some guidance as to special resources available to you - for complete guide to finding and using US legal materials please use the jurisdiction guide too!

Note that in WestlawNext (the USA platform) you can select Tribal as a "state" jurisdiction.

Titles on point

Subject searches to use in SOLO to find texts on topic include:

Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc

Indian courts -- United States

Indians of North America -- Civil rights

Indians of North America -- Crimes against

Indians of North America -- Government relations

Indians of North America -- Politics and government

Tribal government -- United States

Some examples of works held by the Law Library are below.  Note that your own searches in SOLO may well find that both the Vere Harmsworth Library (a ten minute walk from the Law Bod) and our nearer neighbour, the Bodleian Social Science Library (5 minutes) have useful items too!

Indigenous peoples of the USA

There are 566 federally recognised tribes of indigenous peoples - American Indians or Alaskan Natives - in North America. In 2010, the US government voiced its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The same year, US Congress used the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R.3326, Sec.8113 (111th Cong., 2009-2010)) to issue an apology to Native Americans for the discriminatory treatment they have received in history.

Sources & useful websites on the free web: