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Modern Tribal Law on the Shelf

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Modern Tribal Law On the Shelf

During National Native American Heritage Month, Law Library staff trawl the Library’s vast holdings for pertinent material to showcase for its online and onsite visitors. Researchers interested in the month’s origins can also visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) page for more information about the history of the origins of National Native American Heritage Month, and read the annual presidential proclamation. Researchers interested in tribal law will want to visit the Law Library.

The Law Library has done much to promote research in tribal law with its Indigenous Law Portal and its page dedicated to the legislation surrounding National Native American Heritage Month. It has also sought to increase the breadth of its collections of modern tribal law. Many of the larger tribes have supreme courts, and there are a large number of tribal courts that publish rules, protocols, and traditional law. Most tribes have constitutions, codes, and ordinances, and the Law Library has worked to acquire as much of that material as it can. The Law Library has collected a large number of secondary sources as well. Included below is a list of some prime modern examples of that material, grouped by band and nation. Key issues in tribal law today, such as sovereignty, fishing and water rights, intellectual property rights, and repatriation of tribal objects, are reflected in this list of works.

All Nations/Bands/Tribes

KF8205 .F55 2016  Fletcher, Matthew L. M. Federal Indian Law.

KF8205.E28 2010 Echo-Hawk, Walter R. In the courts of the conqueror: the ten worst Indian law cases ever decided.

KF8548.N38 2006 Jeffrey Ian Ross and Larry Gould (eds.)  Native Americans and the criminal justice system.

KF8210.C5 I53 2012 Kristen A. Carpenter et al. (eds.)  The Indian Civil Rights Act at forty.

K 24 Tribal Law Journal.

KF8205.O97 2014 Tim Alan Garrison (ed.)  “Our cause will ultimately triumph”: profiles in American Indian sovereignty.

KDZ481.I53 2004 Mary Riley (ed.) Indigenous intellectual property rights: legal obstacles and innovative solutions. 


KIK1078.A97 2009  Austin, Raymond Darrel. Navajo courts and Navajo common law : a tradition of tribal self-governance.

KIK1066.5.N38 2005 Navajo Nation code annotated.

KIJ3078.C7 N38 2005 Marianne O. Nielsen and James W. Zion (ed.)  Navajo Nation peacemaking: living traditional justice.

KIK1067.N38 1979 Navajo reporter.

KIK1078.N38 1978  Navajo court rules.

KF8228.N3 A5 1977 Judicial branch of the Navajo Nation [graphic] : Rules of court, rules of civil procedure […].


KIG2006.C44 2014 Cherokee Nation code annotated.

KIG2006.C44 1998 Compiled Laws of the Cherokee Nation.


KFS3505.5.R67 B56 2007 Biolsi, Thomas. Deadliest enemies: law and race relations on and off Rosebud Reservation.

KFS3505.5.D34 P65 Pommersheim, Frank. Reservation street law: a handbook of individual rights and responsibilities.

KIE2840.P66 2016 Pommersheim. Tribal justice: twenty-five years as a tribal appellate justice.

Photograph shows lawyer Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin seated, wearing a cloak and two braids in her hair.
“Photograph shows lawyer Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952), a Chippewa Indian who was the first Native American to graduate from the Washington College of Law in 1914”. Photo by Bain News Service, 1914. //


KIH1406.M55 1996 Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians. Mille Lacs Band statutes annotated.

KFN9105.5.T87 1996 Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Indians: the protest of the ten-cent treaty: filed by their representative and attorney, John B. Bottineau.

KF8205.C54 2011 Cleland, Charles E. Faith in paper: the ethnohistory and litigation of upper Great Lakes Indian treaties.


KID13 1871.C73 2013 Craft, Aimée. Breathing life into the Stone Fort Treaty: an Anishinabe understanding of Treaty One.

E99.C8 V59 2012 Vizenor, Gerald Robert. The White Earth Nation: ratification of a native democratic constitution.

Native Hawaiians

KFH326.5.M381 C49 2009 Chun, Malcolm Nāea. It might do good: the licensing of medicinal kāhuna.

ΚFΗ454.Κ38 2008 Kauanui, J. Kēhaulani. Hawaiian blood: colonialism and the politics of sovereignty and indigeneity.

KFH451.V36 2008 Van Dyke, Jon M. Who owns the Crown lands of Hawaii?

Northwest Coast Nations and Alaska Natives

KFA1705.6.C6 A84 2006 Alaska rural justice issues : a selected bibliography.

KE7702.7 1993e Teslin Tlingit Council. Teslin Tlingit Council Final Agreement between the Teslin Tlingit Council, the Government of Canada, and the Government of the Yukon.

KE7702.7 1993d Teslin Tlingit Council. The Teslin Tlingit Council Self-Government Agreement among the Teslin Tlingit Council and the Government of Canada and the Government of the Yukon.

KFW505.5.C63 M55 2001 Miller, Bruce Granville. The problem of justice : tradition and law in the Coast Salish world.

KF8216.D87 2006 Dupris, Joseph C. et al. The Si’lailo way : Indians, salmon, and law on the Columbia River.


KIG3916.M87 2006  Tatum, Melissa T. and Michelle Grunsted (eds.). Mvskoke law reporter : the decisions of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation = Muskoke vhakv oh-kerkuecv.

KF228.W43 R43 2012 Paredes, J. Anthony and Judith Knight (eds.). Red Eagle’s children : Weatherford vs. Weatherford et al. 

KIG3915.M87 2003 Muscogee (Creek Nation), Oklahoma. Muscogee (Creek) Nation code annotated = Mvskoke etvlwv.


  1. Very good to have all the AI resources featured!
    One comment, though: ALL KF8200+ is categorized as Federal Indian Law.
    The line “All Nations, bands, tribes, should move down – ahead of the first Tribe there, Navaho/Dine

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