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Native American Law Sources

This guide highlights research resources available to the BC Law community for Native American and indigenous peoples research.

BC Law provides access to research sources relevant to Native Americans' and indigenous peoples' legal issues. Selected resources are described below. 

Searching historical government documents

Federal documents are excellent sources for researching Native American legal issues. 

  • The American State Papers (coverage years: 1789-1838; this source contains the full-text of legislative and executive branch documents and it is a searchable database)
  • U.S. Serial Set (coverage years: 1817-present; searchable database)
  • The University of Oklahoma has collaborated with other agencies to create a website  that identifies documents relating to Native Americans in the 19th century Serial Set.