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This guide is intended to help you get started on your Native legal research in the Mabee Legal Information Center.

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Native American and Indigenous Research in the MLIC

The MLIC is fortunate enough to have dedicated funds to support our acquisitions in Native American and Indigenous Law. We own a world class collection of Native American resources. They can be found in and nearby in the shelves surrounding the Utsey Family Native American Law study room. Links to the items in the collection can be found in the catalog, and in the sidebars.

Native/Indian/Indigenous law is a unique area of American law. It includes a body of Federal law that impacts Indian Country.  The majority of this law can be found in Titles 25 of both the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations and in numerous Supreme Court cases, beginning with the Marshall Triology and a myriad of Federal Rules and Regulations that dictate the relationship between the U.S. Federal Government and the 567 Federally-recognized Native Nations.  Another component of Indian law is customary Tribal law which are the governing principles that have guided Tribal Nations since time immemorial.  These laws include Tribal Constitutions, Codes, and Court Opinions.  The three Research Guides (1) Native American Legal Research Guide, 2) Native American Legal Web Sites, and 3) Tribal Courts, Codes, and Constitutions) provide guidance to locating both print and online resources that researchers may consult in order to learn more about Indian legal issues.  

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