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Native American Indian Law Research Guide: Federal Resources

This guide provides an overview of selected Native American Indian law materials available at the Marquette University Eckstein Law Library and selected online materials pertaining to Native American Indian law.


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Marquette University's Land and Water Acknowledgement

Marquette University’s land and water acknowledgment is a statement that developed over weeks of reflection and conversation led by Indigenous student leadership with key faculty and staff. The statement recognizes the long history of Native people and nations that lived on and stewarded the land and water where the university now resides. It also celebrates the unbroken connection Native people and nations still have to this land and waterways, their traditional territories.

Federal Resources

Federal resources for the study of Native American Indian law are organized and presented in the following categories:

Administrative Resources

Judicial Resources

Legislative Resources

Executive Resources


Raynor Memorial Libraries' Archival Collection: American Indians

Records, 1848, 1852- / Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (U.S.)

In addition to the Native American Indian legal research resources available in the Marquette University Eckstein Law Library, the Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Archives include extensive holdings of federal documents about American Indians in its collection of Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records. Series 16 of the records, Government Documents and Publications, may be of particular interest to the legal researcher. The content note from the records reads: "The United States Congress and Department of the Interior generated the bulk of these documents, which the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions collected while monitoring, supporting, or opposing federal and state government actions regarding Native American rights and justice in the United States." Series 16 sub-series includes:  Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1854-1963), Annual Reports of the Board of Indian Commissioners (1869-1932), Acts of Congress (1885-1987), House (1874-1988) and Senate (1867-1988) documents and Federal and State Court Cases (1877-1987). The archival records are located at the Raynor Memorial Library.

For additional information, please see the research guide to Raynor Memorial Libraries' archival sources about Native American Indians, "American Indians - Archival Resources".