This research guide's purpose is to assist those interested in researching Indian law. The guide provides an overview of Native American Indian law materials in the Marquette University Eckstein Law Library collection and, as a supplement to the collection, online resources. Neither the guide nor the resources are meant to be an exhaustive bibliography of Indian law. Rather, the contents of this research guide are intended to aid the Indian law researcher locate materials on various subjects relevant to Indian law generally.
Researching Indian law primarily involves federal government law sources and Indian tribes sources. Federal law sources include statutes, court decisions, administrative actions, executive orders and treaties. Tribal law sources include documents related to the internal governance of Indian tribes which includes codes, constitutions and tribal court decisions. Federal law and tribal law are intertwined, adding complexity to the research process. In addition, state law may play a role, and typically impacts tribes in areas of economic development.
The organization of this research guide follows from the description of Indian law in the preceding paragraph. Federal, tribal and state resources are supplemented with additional information on books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, periodicals and treatises found in the Law Library; associations and organizations; websites and Wisconsin resources.