Native American Law: Introduction
The research guide is a selective resource to assist the legal researcher in conducting research in the area of Native American law. It is not comprehensive in scope, but is intended to provide a starting point for the researcher to find sources of relevant information. At its core, the guide attempts to lead the researcher to up-to-date items held by the Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School libraries.
American Indian tribes are self-governing entities which are regulated by the federal government based on a long history of treaties. The law in this subject area is comprised of treaties between the federal government and individual tribes, tribal codes, federal regulations, and congressional statutes. This guide focuses on tribal law, federal laws governing Native American tribes, federal regulations, and court decisions. Other related topics with a large body of separate literature, such as gaming law and natural resource rights, are only tangentially touched upon.
The guide is organized according to the topics listed to the left, in the guide outline.
In the sections of the guide focusing on print materials, the "location" provides the call number for a work. Clicking on the title takes a user to the relevant entry in the catalog. The letter abbreviations in parentheses reveal which campuses hold the title: “AA” indicates Ann Arbor, “AH” Auburn Hills, “GR” Grand Rapids, “L” Lansing, and "TB" Tampa Bay. Where possible, guide sections about statutes link to the appropriate law.
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