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American Indian Wills Clinic: Getting Started

This is a research guide for students participating in the American Indian Wills Clinic

Research Guides

Research guides such as this one provide researchers with an excellent starting point. They compile references, links, and text in one location saving a researcher time and frustration. Below is a list of research guides you may find useful as you begin your project.

Reference Resources

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services Oklahoma-specific resources and treatises covering issues related to family law, land, tribal membership, and tribal governance.

National Indian Law Library Sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund, this website includes links to publications, tribal law information gateway, and Indian Law bulletins from the U.S. Courts.

Defining Terms: Federal Indian Law & Tribal Law

Practitioners must be aware of the distinction between Federal Indian Law and tribal law. Federal Indian law addresses the status of tribes and the relationship of the tribes to the U.S. federal government. Federal Indian law primarily includes matters addressed by treaties, statutes, federal administrative law, executive orders, and case law. In contrast, tribal law is the law that tribes, as sovereign bodies, use to govern tribal operations and members.

Indian Law Bulletins

The Indian Law Bulletin is a current awareness service provided by the National Indian Law LibraryThe service monitors the courts, legislation, regulations, the news, and law journals for information related to Indian Law.

The bulletins are free, but you must register to receive them.

Below is an example of a U.S Supreme Court Indian Law Bulletin.



Quick Links

Turtle Talk: The Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog

Turtle Talk is a blog about indigenous law and policy. The blog may be followed at

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