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American Indian Law & Culture

American Indian law refers primarily to federal law and encompasses the treaties, statutes, executive orders, court decisions, and administrative actions which define the status of the Indian tribes and their relationship to the federal government.

Resource and Practice Centers

These practice and resource centers are aggregations of multiple research sources in the area of Indian Law.  Searching within these collections will enable you to better find relevant information in the field of Indian Law.


Most current statutes relating to Indian affairs are contained in Title 25 of the U.S. Code.  Additional sources for statutes are listed here.

Case Law


The regulations of the Bureau of Indian Affairs are contained in Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  Additional sources for regulations are listed here.

Agency Decisions

Agency decisions in matters related to Indian affairs have been made by a number of different bodies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, and the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA).  The IBIA is an appellate review body that exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue final decisions for the Department of the Interior in appeals involving Indian matters. Located within the Department's Office of Hearings and Appeals, IBIA is separate and independent from the BIA. 

Executive Documents