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Tribal Government

The sovereign Native American governments once conducted their affairs and businesses without federal intervention. Today, Native American sovereignty has been affected by federal and state laws and regulations that have added to the complexity of doing business on tribal land.

In the past, tribal courts looked to state and federal precedent as persuasive authority when crafting opinions. Recent decisions now evidence tribal courts citing other tribes when crafting opinions. This has created a demand for a systematic, professional compilation of cases from tribal law courts.

Thomson Reuters provides online comprehensive Native American tribal caselaw, constitutions, codes, court rules and expert analytical and news sources to make research faster, more efficient and accurate.

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Begin with a Core of Primary Law and Analysis

Each of our plans delivers a core of foundational state or federal content. By adding optional, topically organized federal law, you’ll find the full text of:

  • All ratified and unratified treaties between Native Americans and the U.S. government since 1797
  • Indian Civil Rights Act, Indian Child Welfare Act, and statutes governing tribal authority and jurisdiction, gambling, fishing and hunting, and other key areas of law
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs regulations
  • Decisions of the Interior Board of Indian Appeals from 1970 to the present
  • Tribal court reports
  • Executive orders, presidential proclamations and memoranda, and solicitor general opinions relating to Native Americans
  • West Legal Directory listing of attorneys in the United States and Canada who practice Native American law

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