How Do I Find Tribal Law For Tribes Outside of Arizona?
Starting Out: Finding Background Information
You should begin your tribal law research project by first finding some 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.
United States Tribal Courts Directory
April Schwartz and Mary Jo B. Hunter
Provides state-by-state information on tribal courts including contacts, areas of jurisdiction and publication information for tribal opinions and codes.
Tribal Leaders Directory (Bureau of Indian Affaris)
Lists date tribe was recognized, restored or reaffirmed; criminal jurisdiction; court; organization status/corporate charter; liquor ordinance with Federal Register Citations.
Free Web Resources
Lexis & Westlaw
LexisNexis and Westlaw combined have more than a dozen tribal codes on their databases. To see a current list of the codes on each of these sites go to the NILL Tribal Law Gateway: Codes site.
Northwest Intertribal Court System (NICS)
Provides an appellate court forum and appellate court opinions for Indian nations based in the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest: Chehalis Confederated Tribes, Muckleshoot Tribe, Port Gamble SKlallam Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Skokomish Tribal Nation, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and The Tulalip Tribes. This resource is also available in print in the Law Library.
This is a subscription database that includes tribal opinions from over 20 Indian nations, including the Fort McDowell Yavapai, Hualapai, Hopi, and Navajo tribes in Arizona.
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