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American Indian Law Collection
HeinOnline's American Indian Law Collection is accessible across the UCLA campus (and off campus with a VPN). It contains over 3,300 titles and more than 1.4 million pages relating to American Indian Law, including the following materials:
- Native American treaties
- Treaty related publications
- Federal case law
- Tribal codes
- Scholarly articles
- U.S. Code Title 25
- CFR Title 25
- Books and pamphlets
- External resources
Indigenous Law Web Archive (Library of Congress)
Many governments, including Indigenous national, tribal and community governments, are transitioning from print to solely digital formats for publishing their laws. The LOC's Law Library is working to collect and preserve these materials. To further these collection and preservation aims, the Library has created the Indigenous Law Web Archive, a collection of constitutions, codes, executive orders, and court forms and information of sovereign Indigenous governments and courts of 578 federally recognized nations, communities, and tribes in the United States, as well as some Indigenous legal information from Canada, published online.
Indigenous Governance Database
Developed by the University of Arizona as an online resource center for Indigenous people across the nation. It contains articles, case studies, videos, and other resources focused on governance, sovereignty, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development.
Sign up for a free VersusLaw Law School account. VersusLaw includes a Tribal Court Decisions database (see next tab).
VersusLaw Law School Program
Create a new account from this page (or reactivate an exisiting account). Access to the Premium Plan is available from August 15 through July 15 of the following year. You must reactivate your account each year after August 15.
Sign in to VersusLaw (button on the left). After you sign in, you may select the library you would like to search. Click on the link to "Complete Library Directory" for more information on content and dates of coverage. Also, there is a FAQ/Help link in the upper right corner (above the Logout button).
Below is a selected list of sources, for which you must have a Lexis ID to access. The law school provides accounts for law students, law faculty, and law staff only.
To access Westlaw's Native American Law materials, click on the Practice Areas tab of the WestlawNext homepage, and then click on Native American Law. Below is a description of these materials, along with a direct link.
Native American Law
This link provides access to a wide range of primary and secondary sources of tribal law and United States law related to Native Americans. Example materials include databases of tribal cases and tribal codes from over twenty tribes, a database of adjudicative decisions by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA), treatises on law related to Native land, and a database of articles from the American Indian Law Review.
Book in the Tower Reading Room
Code Talker by
Call Number: TRR Nez
Publication Date: 2011
From the book description: He is the only original World War II Navajo code talker still alive—and this is his story . . .
His name wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine.
During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.
For a complete list of Tower Reading Room (TRR) books, see http://libguides.law.ucla.edu/trrcollection. Note that only UCLA law students, faculty, and staff may check out books from the TRR.
Getting Started - Online Guides
The following online research guides are great places to start. Also see the books listed in the box below.
Getting Started - Print Sources
American Indian Law in a Nutshell by
Call Number: KF 8205 .Z9 C36 2015
Publication Date: 2015
This item is located in our Law Library Reserves. Visit the Circulation Desk to request access.
Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law by
Call Number: KF 8205 .C6 2012
Publication Date: 2012
This item is continuously updated via pocket parts. Note that if you have a Lexis ID, you can access it on Lexis Advance (see the box to the left for a direct link).
Other Helpful Print Sources