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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Law Research Guide: Secondary Sources

(formerly American Indian Law Guide)

Finding Books

Find Treatises in the Boley Law Library by searching Primo using subject headings: 

  • Indians of North America – Legal Status, laws, etc
  • Indians of North America – treaties
  • Indian Country
  • Indian Courts
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Land tenure

Browse the shelves at the following call numbers

  • Indian Law: KF8202 - KF8228‚Äč, KIE110
  • Indian History/Gov Affairs: E70 - E99

Search the online catalog of the National Indian Law Library

Selected Treatises in the Boley Law Library


Vine Deloria, Jr. & David E. Wilkins. Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations, University of Texas Press, 1999. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8210.C5 D45 1999.

Frank Pommersheim. Braid of Feathers : American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life, University of California Press, 1995. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8205.P6 1995.

Readings in American Indian Law : Recalling the Rhythm of Survival / edited by Jo Carrillo, Temple University Press, 1998. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8204.5.R424 1998.

Charles F. Wilkinson. American Indians, Time, and the Law : Native Societies in a Modern Constitutional Democracy, Yale University Press, c1987. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8205 .W53 1987.


American Indian Legal Materials : a Union List, 1980, KF8201.A1 G37.

Documents of United States Indian Policy, 3d ed. Edited by Francis Paul Prucha, University of Nebraska Press, 2000. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8205 .D63 2000.

Early American Indian Documents : Treaties and Laws, 1607-1789, edited by Alden T. Vaughan, University Publications of America, c1979-. 20 volumes when complete. Boley Law Library Call Number: KF8202 1979.

Native American Legal Materials Collection, Law Library Microform Consortium, 1979.

  • A collection of documents, treaties, periodicals, and treatises on microfiche. Indexed by: Native Americans: A Legal/Historical Collection 

Washburn, Wilcomb E. The American Indian and the United States: A Documentary History, Random House [1973]. 4 volumes. Boley Law Library Call Number: E93 .W27.


Newspapers and Law Journals

Helpful keywords for searching in periodical indexes:

  • Aboriginal rights
  • American Indians
  • Indian law
  • Indians of North America
  • Indigenous people
  • Sovereignty
  • Native Americans
  • Native people’s land claims
  • Tribal government

Periodical Databases

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