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United States: legal resources: First peoples

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:

Related Law Bod Guide

Finding resources

Holders of an Oxford SSO have extensive collection of US primary sources and commentary (books and articles) via the following databases:
Note: On Westlaw US you can select Tribal as a "state" jurisdiction to filter searches.

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.  Shelf marks beginning KM indicate that the book is on Level 2, the entrance level to the library. If the shelf mark starts Internat it will be on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level.

Note that your own searches in SOLO may well find that both the Vere Harmsworth Library (a fifteen minute walk from the Law Bod) and our nearer neighbour, the Bodleian Social Science Library (5 minutes) have useful items too!