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Developed by Lacey Peterson, former intern, and Lupe Ceballos, attorney at the Seattle University School of Law Center for Indian Law and Policy
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On-Line Indian Law Resources A-I

  • Aboriginal  Icon
    A searchable annotated web directory related to indigenous peoples worldwide.
    The link connects you to the section of the website focused on the United States.
    There is a wide variety of information available on this website.
  • Aboriginal Law Index  Icon
    This section of the website deals with Native American legal research in particular.
  • Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)  Icon
    Non-Profit organization of 57 northwest tribal governments that's dedicated to tribal self-determination and self-sufficiency. The website is meant to share information on matters of interest to member tribes, assist tribes with government and programming development, and provide education to members of the non- Indian community.
  • Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)  Icon
    AFN is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska and is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the cultural, economic and political voice of the Alaska Native Community.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)  Icon
    The BIA is responsible for the administration and management of lands held in
    trust by the US government for Indian tribes and Alaska Native Natives. Website also has a link to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), which provides educational services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs' BIE link  Icon
    Link to the Tribal Leaders and BIA Representatives Directory. Contains contact information for Tribal Leaders throughout the US, BIA officials and offices, and the Federal Register Notices of both Indian Entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the BIA, and designated Tribal Agents eligible to receive service of notice.
  • Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law  Icon
    Available for purchase online or at various retailers. The go-to reference for all matters concerning federal Indian law. Although not an ideal resource for narrow subject areas, it is the most comprehensive and a great reference book.
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)  Icon
    CRITFC is an association of four northwest tribes (Nez Perce, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation) that coordinates fish management policies on the Columbia River.
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) - Native Americans  Icon
    Website contains information on economic development, education, law enforcement, tribal governments, ancestry, the trust relationship, and on various services provided for Native peoples by the DOI.
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) Library - Native Americans  Icon
    Connection to the Department of the Interior's Library -- the Native American section. This is a very valuable resource, with links to electronic books, websites, news services, tribal governments, and other Native American associations.
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) - Office of the Solicitor  Icon
    Link to opinions issued by the DOI, Office of the Solicitor, from 1993 until the present. Many of these opinions deal with issues involving Native American or Alaskan Native rights and legal status.
  • EarthJustice - Native Hawaiians, Community Protest Army Failure to Remove Bomb from Makua  Icon
    The EarthJustice organization works in partnership with Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan groups on environmental matters. There are various news articles/updates on these campaigns.
  • EarthJustice - Earthjustice, Alaska Natives Protest Drilling Plans in Beaufort Sea  Icon
  • EarthJustice - Mid-Pacific (Hawaii) Office  Icon
  • EarthJustice - Alaska Office  Icon
  • Gallagher Law Library Indian Law Resource Center at University of Washington School of Law  Icon
    Lists sources for US Indian law research. Materials are available to current SU students through Summit. As an alumni, however, materials are only available to those physically within the UW law library, and there are certain restrictions on check-out ability.
  • Indian Country Today  Icon
    News, both national and international.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)  Icon
    IHS, a department within the Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS), is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people in the US. Website contains lots of information pertinent to American Indian and Alaska Native health policy and programs.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) - External Links  Icon
    Great list of external links available through IHS.
  • Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF)  Icon
    ILTF is a community-based non-profit organization that focuses on the recovery, management and control of Indian lands by Indian people. The website has a wide variety of information related to the status and history of Indian lands.
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    Website provides a wide range of information and news from a Native American perspective, including updates on pending legal action and job opportunities within Indian Country.
  • Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) Decisions and Related Papers  Icon
    The IBIA is an appellate review body whose administrative judges decide appeals from a wide range of decisions rendered by the BIA, such as those concerning tribal government disputes, economic development matters, treaty rights, leases and rights of way on Indian lands, taking lands into trust, trespass actions, and land sales, encumbrances and exchanges. IBIA also decides appeals from Indian probate cases adjudicated by administrative law judges and Indian probate judges.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  
    The IRS website provides tax information for Tribal governments.

On-Line Indian Law Resources J-Z

  • Legal Advocates in Indian Country, LLP (LAIC)  Icon
    LAIC is a general practice law firm that focuses on providing affordable legal services to Native American tribes, businesses, agencies and individuals. The firm is based in Oklahoma, but has an office in Seattle as well.
  • National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)  Icon
    The NIGC regulates gaming activities on Indian lands. The website contains a significant amount of information on laws and regulations pertinent to Indian gaming.
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF)  Icon
    NARF is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals.
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF) - National Indian Law Library  Icon
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA)  Icon
    NIBA is a non-profit organization made up of Indian attorneys and judges in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, as well as in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory of Canada. Its goal is to improve the legal and political landscape of Indian Country within the Northwest.
  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)  Icon
    NWIFC is a support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington that was created in response to the U.S. v. Washington ruling (a.ka. the Boldt decision) that re-affirmed the treaty tribes' fishing rights and established them as natural resource co-managers along with the State of Washinton. NWIFC assists member tribes in their role as co-managers.
  • Northwest Intertribal Court System (NICS)  Icon
    NICS is a non-profit organization that represents a consortium of Northwest tribes in the Puget Sound area. NICS works with its member tribes to develop their individual justice systems and further their goal of self determination. By joining their resources, the tribes and NICS are able to provide each tribe with its own court by sharing judges, prosecutors and related court services.
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)  Icon
    NPAIHB is a non-profit tribal advisory organization working to improve the health status in Indian Country. NPAIHB serves all 43 federally recognized tribes in Oregon, Idaho and Washington focusing on 4 main functional areas: health promotion and disease prevention; legislative and policy analysis; training and technical assistance; surveillance and research.
  • Seattle University School of Law's Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate - Resources Page
    In addition to information on Indian estate planning and probate, the Institute's website also has a fairly comprehensive list of online resources for those doing Native American and Alaska Native legal research.
  • Tribal Court Clearinghouse  Icon
    The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website, maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, that acts as a resource to all those committed to the improvement of justice in Indian Country. There are links to tribal law, federal law, and state law, links to information on various topics related to Native American and Alaska Native justice, as well as links to various other Native American resources.
  • Tribal Law and Policy Institute Publications  Icon
    This is a link to various publications released by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Of particular interest and value is the section on drafting tribal code. The Institute has published comprehensive guides on how to draft all manner of tribal code, an invaluable asset for tribes working to develop or update their codes.
  • Turtle Talk  Icon
    Turtle Talk is the blog for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law. Turtle Talk posts news items related to Indian law and politics, with a special emphasis on topics related to Indian tribes in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
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    The federal government's web portal,, offers a section on government resources for tribal governments, Native Americans and Alaska Natives. There is information on cultural resources, legal resources, education, jobs, housing, family, health, tribal land and environmental concerns, national tribal organizations, tribal councils and tribal governments.
  • VersusLaw  
    On online subscription legal research database. Contains opinions from various tribal courts, in addition to other Article III courts. The subscription fee is waived while in law school, but thereafter a monthly or yearly payment is required.
  • Washington Law Help, Native American Issues Section  Icon
    A free legal resource website maintained by the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), part of which is dedicated to issues involving Native Americans and Indian tribes. Contains a wide range of information, both legal and non-legal.
  • Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook 3d  Icon
    LAW-Reserve KFW75.W373
    (Chapter 9 - Indian Law Research in Washington)
  • Washington State Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA)  Icon
    GOIA, in recognition of tribal sovereignty, works on a government to government basis with Washington tribes to enhance tribal self-sufficiency and develop policies consistent with the Centennial Accord (an accord between WA and federally recognized tribes within WA laying out the framework for the government to government relationship).
  • Washington State Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) - Centennial Accord  Icon
    Centennial Accord between the federally recognized Indian Tribes in Washington State and the State of Washington.

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