Editor’s Note: Due to a technological glitch, authorship of this post is attributed to Jason Sowards. Meg Martin is the author of this post.
If ever you find yourself researching Native American Law, here are some excellent resources I have become aware of since moving to Wyoming:
Most of you are probably aware of the U.S. Department of Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs. The most useful item I have found on the website is the interactive region finder. By clicking on the region you are researching, you will be taken to a page of links that will list the tribes served in that region, contact information for the regional agency as well as contact information for the individual agencies.
The National Indian Law Library (NILL) supports the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and is open to the public. One of the important resources available on the website is an electronic version of A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act which we printed and added to our collection. The website includes indexes to both State and Federal resources and they provide an Ask-a-Librarian service via email or phone. Their collection includes tribal constitutions, codes, ordinances, charters, bylaws and governmental agreements, Indian Law treatises, case law reporters, Federal legislative history relating to Indian Law and newsletters, newspapers and periodicals.
Washburn University has produced a research guide for Native American Law which provides among other things, access to caselaw, a tribal directory and the website addresses for many tribes. The portal is well maintained by the Law Library. It has been a useful resource for me.