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Federal Native American and Tribal Law: Books

Land Acknowledge Statement--Loyola University Chicago

The Loyola University Chicago community acknowledges its location on the ancestral homelands of the Council of the Three Fires (the Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes) and a place of trade with other tribes, including the Ho-Chunk, Miami, Menominee, Sauk, and Meskwaki. We recognize that descendants of these and other North American tribes continue to live and work on this land with us. We recognize the tragic legacy of colonization, genocide, and oppression that still impacts Native American lives today. As a Jesuit university, we affirm our commitment to issues of social responsibility and justice. We further recognize our responsibility to understand, teach, and respect the past and present realities of local Native Americans and their continued connection to this land.


To find an item in Loyola's collection that is not listed at right, please use Loyola's online catalog

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSHs) may be used to locate multiple titles on the same topic. For example, some LCSHs assigned to works on Federal Indian Law are: 

  • Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Indians of North America--Government relations
  • Indians of North America--Politics and government
  • Indians of North America--Civil rights
  • Indians of North America--Land Tenure

For items on individual tribes, use the name of the tribe, then "Law." The following are examples:  

  • Cherokee Law
  • Creek Law
  • Navajo Law

WWW Book Repositories

There are several Web-based initiatives that serve as online repositories for books:

HathiTrust:  HathiTrust is a partnership of over 50 major research institutions and libraries (LUC is currently included). Works that are in the public domain contained in the HathiTrust database are available to all researchers. Many search options are offered, including full text.

Google Books:  Books contained in Google Books come from two sources:  1)The Library Project and 2)The Partner Program. Books included from the partnered Library Project that are no longer in copyright may be viewed in full text, while only snippets of books still in copyright are available.  Only previews of books are available through the Partner Program.

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Access to the e-books listed below is provided by Loyola University Libraries and is available to current members of the Loyola community through the links in the catalog records.

Cohen's Federal Indian Law

Felix S. Cohen (1907-1953) is known as the "father of Federal Indian Law."  He joined the U.S. Department of the Interior Solicitor's Office in 1933 and drafted the first edition of the Handbook of Federal Indian Law in 1941. 

The treatise is now available on Lexis Advance as Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law and is updated regularly. 

Westlaw and Lexis Treatises

Both Westlaw and Lexis offer access to treatises on Native American law. In Westlaw, you can limit your searches to secondary sources that focus on Federal Indian Law. Choose "Native American Law" from the list of "Practice Areas," then go to "Secondary Sources."  In Lexis, you can choose "Native American Law" under "Practice Area," and then "Secondary Materials."