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Tribes within Mexico have been added to the Indigenous Law Portal

We are excited to announce a new addition to our Indigenous Law PortalMexico! Thanks to the hard work of many interns, Jennifer, Tina, Jolande, Robert, and others around the Library, this completes the North American portion of the Indigenous Law Portal.

Map of North America from the Indigenous Law Portal

A clickable map of North America from the Indigenous Law Portal.

The Indigenous Law Portal, which debuted in July of 2014, combines historical information from the vast collections of the Library of Congress with current sources of tribal law from the tribes themselves. Since the portal’s debut with the continental United States, we have added content for Alaska and Canada. Our newest addition, Mexico, features 62 tribes in 18 states. A clickable map makes it easy to browse tribes by state boundaries, but you can also browse an alphabetical or regional index as well.  In adding Mexico to the Portal, we discovered that there are several tribes with the same or similar names, owing to a long and complicated history within the region.

The Mexican Indigenous Law Portal features a clickable state map.

The Mexican Indigenous Law Portal features a clickable state map.

This is only the latest addition to the portal; there is more to come as we begin to explore Central and South America. Subscribe to In Custodia Legis for updates, because we will be adding new content throughout the coming year.


  1. Joseph
    October 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This is really great news for the Natives American Indian s over there, part of the reason why I think this happened is because all the Spanish left Mexico behind for the conquest of North America!

  2. Yvonne molina
    July 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I just recently found out through geneology dna testing that i am native american from mexico i am very excited i was 30% native american from mexico but i dont know where to go from here i just know i would like to do whatever i can

  3. deborah g pendleton
    November 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    found out my dna is 43% native american. so sad that history was lost.

  4. Cynthia Vega
    September 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I am very excited and pleased to find this. I also have found that my ancestry is Native American from Mexico and have been saddened as well as all my Aunts and Uncles Have passed and in a lot of ways my family history is very hard to find. Thank you.

  5. Angelica Bustamantes
    July 29, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Hello I Just found out I’m 60 percent Indigenous Americas- Mexico so where do I from here. Is there a tribe that my ancestors came from

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