Hein’s American Indian Law Collection

The Law Library has a been building its Indigenous Perspectives Collection since 2009. The collection covers a broad range of topics  including the arts, history, culture,  literature, and the law. The collection covers Canada, the United States, Australia and other jurisdictions.

Hein Online has recently introduced its American Indian Law Collection which the library is trialing until August 2nd for the U of T community.  Please check it out and let us know what you think. We can be contacted at law.ref@utoronto.ca

The American Indian Law Collection is an extensive collection of  over 1,800 titles and 1.1 million pages of content related to American Indian law. The collection includes:  treaties, US statutes and regulations, case law, tribal codes, constitutions, and jurisprudence. Many titles are unique to this collection.

Here is Hein’s detailed breakdown of its contents:

Tribal Codes

We have recently added the 1981 and 1988 editions of Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection of Indian Tribal Law Codes to the American Indian Law Collection. Edited by Ralph Johnson and Richard Davies, and published by the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, this impressive collection contains nearly 30,000 pages of tribal law. Through HeinOnline’s database integration, users can now browse the code by edition or tribe.

    • Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection, 1981 edition. Ralph W. Johnson, editor; Susan Lupton, associate editor. This edition contains sixty-nine tribal codes and an excellent introduction to and analysis of tribal codes.
    • Indian Tribal Codes: A Microfiche Collection, 1988 edition. Ralph W. Johnson, editor; Richard Davies, associate editor. This work contains fifty-six tribal codes and constitutions, but is more extensive than the first edition. Introduction and analysis of tribal codes are provided, as well as indexes of specific subject codifications within individual codes. This edition updates, but does not replace, the 1981 edition.
Legislative Histories

Numerous U.S. Federal Legislative Histories have been compiled on American Indian Law, including:

  • Indian Reorganization Act of 1934: An act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which U.S. Federal legislation secured certain rights to Native Americans.
  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971: Effected the largest claims settlement in the history of the United States. ANCSA was geared towards resolving long-standing issues surrounding land claims in Alaska, as well as stimulating economic development in Alaska.

More than 20 key serial titles are available in this database relating to American Indian Law, including:

    • Interior Board of Indian Appeals (1970-current): The Interior Board of Indian Appeals is an appeals court review body that has the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue final decisions for the Department’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.
    • Decisions of the Interior Board of Land Appeals (1970-current): The Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) 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.
Constitutions, Acts & By-Laws

Contains more than 300 works related to the Constitutions and Laws of American Indian Tribes, including:

  • Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation: Passed at Tahlequah, Cherokee nation, 1839-51. 1 v. Tahlequah, 1852
  • Laws of the Cherokee nation: Passed during the years 1839-1867, 1 v. St. Louis

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