American Indian Law Collection


More than 3,500 titles and more than 1.4 million pages relating to American Indian Law Including:

  • Native American treaties
  • Treaty related publications
  • Federal case law
  • Tribal codes
  • Constitutions
  • Jurisprudence
  • Scholarly articles
  • U.S. Code Title 25
  • CFR Title 25
  • Books and pamphlets
  • Bibliography
  • External resources

ABOUT THE DATABASE – Contains nearly 30,000 pages of Indian Tribal Codes

Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection of Indian Tribal Law Codes, 1981 Edition and 1988 Edition
Professor John Ralph Johnson, Susan Lupton & Richard Davies, Editors

The 1981 and 1988 editions of Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection of Indian Tribal Law Codes are edited by Ralph Johnson, Susan Lupton, and Richard Davies, and published by the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law This impressive collection contains nearly 30,000 pages of tribal law. The two editions offer insight into the historical development of Indian tribal codes over time. Both editions include Tribal Constitutions and similar constitutional-type documents, and the updated 1988 edition also includes analyses of trends in coverage, enactments, and amendments of tribal codes since 1981.

Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection, 1981 Edition
Ralph W. Johnson, editor; Susan Lupton, associate editor. This edition contains sixty-nine tribal codes and an excellent introduction to and analysis of tribal codes.


Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection, 1988 Edition
Ralph W. Johnson, editor; Richard Davies, associate editor. This work contains fifty-six tribal codes and constitutions, but is more extensive than the first edition. Introduction and analysis of tribal codes are provided, as well as indexes of specific subject codifications within individual codes. This edition updates, but does not replace, the 1981 edition.

NATIVE AMERICAN TREATIES – Now includes comprehensive coverage!

The American Indian Law Collection now includes a comprehensive list of 418 Native American treaties, which are primarily derived from the Kappler index published in U.S. Statutes at Large. Charles Kappler, the clerk of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, began compiling these treaties as well as laws concerning only Indians in 1903. His compilation is commonly known as “Kappler.” Of HeinOnline’s comprehensive index of 418 Native American treaties, 416 of them include full text coverage. HeinOnline also contains nine additional agreements not identified by Kappler, seven of which were with Great Britain and still recognized by the United States today.

To access these treaties, simply click on the Native American Treaties subcollection tab found on the American Indian Law Collection’s landing page. Browse treaties by their Tribe name or date. Click the name of a treaty to view more information. The treaties may contain a link to its U.S. Statutes at Large citation, the Kappler citation, and other full-text sources, as well as the following information:

  • Treaty Number
  • Tribe(s)
  • Subject(s)
  • Short title
  • Citation(s)
  • Date(s)
  • Description
  • Signatories
  • Agreement(s) Affected

Note: These treaties can also be located in HeinOnline’s U.S. Treaties & Agreements Library and the World Treaty Library.

The Native American Treaty Search tool can be found under the main search bar in the American Indian Law Collection database. Search by Keywords & Text, Treaty Number, Short Title, Treaty Description, Date, and/or Subject.


We would like to give a special thanks to Susan Gualtier, Reference Librarian, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, for her work in identifying the Native American treaties and their respective metadata points. Susan’s efforts have made this content available for subscribers.


This database contains 25 serial titles, including:

  • American Indian Journal
  • American Indian Law Review
  • Decisions of the Interior Board of Land Appeals
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture and Resistance
  • Interior Board of Indian Appeals
  • NARF Legal Review

Indian Law Reporter – Now Available!

The #1 source for Indian case law! This is a comprehensive and unique source that reports cases—primarily in full-text format—from federal, state and tribal courts, as well as administrative agencies. It is an essential resource for every individual, agency, government, and other institution that needs to keep abreast of developments.


Contains nearly 45 legislative histories, including:

  • Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, an act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which U.S. Federal legislation secured certain rights to Native Americans.
  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 effected the largest claims settlement in the history of the United States. ANCSA was geared towards resolving long-standing issues surrounding land claims in Alaska, as well as stimulating economic development in Alaska.
  • Indian Civil Rights Act: A Report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • Indian Law Enforcement Improvement Act of 1975, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Fourth Congress, First-[Second] Session, on S. 2010


Contains more than 770 works, related to the Constitutions and Laws of American Indian Tribes, including:

  • Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation: Passed at Tahlequah, Cherokee nation, 1839-51. 1 v. Tahlequah, 1852
  • Laws of the Cherokee nation, passed during the years 1839-1867, 1 v. St. Louis
  • Act of Union between the Eastern and Western Cherokees, 1 v. Tah-le-quah, Cherokee Nation: National Press, 1870
  • Laws and Joint Resolutions of the National Council (1870-1878), various titles available
  • Constitution and Laws of the Choctaw Nation, 1 v. Park Hill, Cherokee Nation: J. Candy, Printer, 1840
“Law dominates Indian life in a way not duplicated in other segments of American society.”Rennard Strickland | Introduction to Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law


This database offers a number of notable works by pioneers in the history of American Indian law and other valuable titles of interest to researchers, including:

  • Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties, Vols. 1-7 (Laws: Compiled to Dec. 1, 1902-1971) by Charles J. Kappler. This publication was undertaken by Charles Kappler at the request of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Indian Affairs. This definitive resource includes acts of Congress relating to treaties concluded between the United States and Native Americans from 1902-1971 and follows the format of Statutes at Large with notes in the margins.
  • Landmark Indian Law Cases: National Indian Law Library; United States 1 v. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 2002. Contains 53 groundbreaking decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in the field of federal Indian Law. The subject index of cases provides a quick reference aid, and all cases are listed under one or more relevant subject headings.
  • Tribal Courts Directory, 1st-3rd Editions; Schwartz, April; Hunter, Mary Jo B., 2 v. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co, 2006-2008. This publication brings together the many sources of information about Tribal Courts within the United States. In the third edition there have been some jurisdictional changes implemented, more courts established, web pages added and supplemented with Court information, and more libraries and public and private organizations linking web pages to more primary Court document and Treaties and a Table of Federal Cases.




Statutory Compilation of the Indian Law Survey. A Compendium of Federal Laws and Treaties Relating to Indians, Parts. 1-46 (1776-1938)

This rare 46-volume set edited by Felix S. Cohen includes 389 treaties (including treaties with Indians and those with foreign nations referring to Indians), 2,654 public acts and resolutions, and 1,221 private acts, for a total of 4,264 statutory items.

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