Tip of the Week: Locating Treaties in HeinOnline

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Tara Kibler

A treaty is an agreement between two or more nations. Sometimes also called accords, charters, conventions, pacts, or protocols, treaties can either be bilateral (between two countries) or multilateral (between three or more countries). Watch the video below or keep reading this guide to learn a few different methods for efficient treaty research in HeinOnline.

Treaties between the United States and Other Nations

HeinOnline offers a comprehensive collection of all United States treaties in its U.S. Treaties & Agreements Library

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Researching Critical Race Theory in HeinOnline

Civil Rights and Social Justice, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Immigration, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Slavery in America and the World
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Critical race theory is a concept that has been around for decades but became a hot topic of discussion in 2020 after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans by police officers. During this time, former President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning federal contractors from conducting racial sensitivity training, reversed earlier this year by President Joe Biden. Trump also claimed during  the White House Conference on America History that the The 1619 Project distorts and rewrites American history, which has since sparked the fight over critical race theory being taught in public schools.

What is Critical Race Theory…

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Database Name Update! Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: History, Culture & Law

HeinOnline Updates, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, What's New
Tara Kibler

As of February 19, 2020, there are 574 federally recognized tribal nations in the United States in addition to hundreds of others that do not have federal recognition. In the rest of the Americas, there are hundreds (if not thousands) more.

The ancestors of these nations inhabited the land now known as the United States for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. When European colonization of the Americas began, these inhabitants were given one collective name—“Indians.” Later, when the United States of America was formed, “American Indian” became the legal term to refer to this group (and it remains the legal term today)…

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McGirt v. Oklahoma: A Historic Win for Native American Rights

History of Supreme Court Nominations, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Law Journal Library, State Constitutions Illustrated, Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court
Tara Kibler

This summer, a landmark decision from the Supreme Court marked a historic win for Native American tribes, acknowledging their rights and forever transforming the justice system of the state of Oklahoma.

In case you missed it, reports rang out through July and August that half of the state had been ruled Native American land. However, in many cases, the headlines were misleading. Yes, the Supreme Court came to a major decision about criminal jurisdiction in Oklahoma—but no, the Court did not rule specifically on land ownership.

Curious about how it all went down? Explore the landmark decision, its background, and what was actually affected by the ruling with HeinOnline…

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American Indian Law Collection Enhancement for Native American Heritage Month!

HeinOnline Updates, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, New Features, What's New
Tara Kibler

Last month, we featured HeinOnline’s American Indian Law Collection in an in-depth post about Native American history. This November, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we’ve enhanced the American Indian Law Collection at no additional cost for subscribers. Learn more about this unique database for yourself, and then keep reading for an overview of its new content and features!


Native American Treaty Updates

Extensive Treaty Coverage

The American Indian Law Collection includes a extensive list of 418 Native American treaties, 416 of which include full-text coverage. The treaties are primarily derived from the Kappler index published in the U.S…

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A Columbus Day Exploration of Indigenous American History

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Tara Kibler

On this day each October, we observe the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492. However, the often-devastating impact of “Western” influences on indigenous Americans has led some to be wary of celebrating the man who started it all. As a solution, many have begun to counter-celebrate with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in honor of American Indian history and culture.

Regardless of your stance on Columbus Day, one thing is certain—albeit dark at times, American Indians have a rich and storied history which is forever entwined with the evolution of the United States. Join us as we explore that history with HeinOnline’s American Indian Law Collection and other relevant databases…

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Huge Addition to American Indian Law Collection: Indian Tribal Codes

Content News, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, What's New
Shannon Furtak

The HeinOnline editorial staff regularly acquires relevant material to supplement the already-robust content in each database.

New Content in the American Indian Law Collection

The 1981 and 1988 editions of Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection of Indian Tribal Law Codes have recently been added to the American Indian Law Collection. 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.

  1. Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection, 1981 edition

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Dakota Access Pipeline Project: Good or Bad?

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Bonnie Hein

On Monday, the Department of the Army announced their denial of the final easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline project under Lake Oahe, stating: "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."  To the protestors recently numbering more than 2,000, this decision is a great victory at the Standing Rock site; however, their fight may be far from over.

The announcement comes after months of litigation, protests, and at times violence, over the completion of the DAPL project.  On the recent Sunday evening of November 20th, 400 protesters collided with police, leading to the hospitalization of many protesters…

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Commemoration of the Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
Shannon Furtak

Earlier this month, the Buffalo News published this informative article about the Buffalo Creek Land Treaty of 1842. The article discusses the history behind the treaty's signing, which is commemorated with a ceremony each May by the Seneca Nation. The treaty, which gave back a portion of land taken away by treaties signed in 1826 and 1838, also declared the Senecas to be exempt "from all taxes, and assessments for roads, highways, or any other purpose until such lands shall be sold."

This tax exemption has enabled the Seneca Nation to profit considerably from the sale of cigarettes and gasoline, two of the most heavily-taxed commodities in New York State.  Tax exemptions for items sold on Native American land are not embraced by everyone: New York State has attempted to collect such taxes multiple times…

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November's Featured Library: American Indian Law Collection

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Special Promotions
Shannon Furtak

November is Native American Heritage Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to discuss some of the incredible contributions that Native Americans have made to our daily life in the United States and to various cultures around the world. We would also like to highlight the wealth of material available in HeinOnline's American Indian Law Collection, and offer an unprecedented discount in order to give all of our customers the chance to acquire this valuable collection.

Native American Contributions

Indian governments served as models of federated representative democracy for Europeans and for American colonists; the United States Constitution borrowed many principles from the Iroquois Constitution

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