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Federal Native American and Tribal Law: Databases

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.


The Loyola Law Library and the Loyola Libraries system subscribe to a number of commercial databases that cover topics related to Native American law. These databases are listed below and at right. 

Subscription Databases (Non-Law)

For a complete list of interdisciplinary databases by topic, see the LUC Libraries page. Listed below are LUC subscription databases that are relevant to Native American law research. 

Subscription Databases (Law)

Access to the databases listed below is provided by the Law Library. These databases are also available from the Law Library's A-Z Databases Page.


Newspapers may be extremely helpful when researching legal topics related to Native Americans. Westlaw and LexisNexis both have good coverage of U.S. newspapers.  See also the subscription Access World News and Factiva databases for full-text access to newspapers. 

Dissertations & Theses

Often overlooked by academic legal researchers, dissertations and theses contain exhaustive research and extensive bibliographies.  The Proquest Dissertations & Theses database currently includes citations to over two million dissertations and theses from 1861 forward, and full-text access to over one million of these citations. The database's coverage is global, with numerous law-related papers available to download in PDF format.  Searches may be conducted in various fields, such as title, author, citation and abstract, and degree awarded.
For open-access dissertations and theses, see the following sites: 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a search mechanism to locate scholarly literature across multiple disciplines, including law. Search results on campus will indicate whether the source is available in full text through a Loyola database. From off campus, users may go to the "Settings" link and then "Library Links" to set up results that show links to LUC full-text databases. 

Google Scholar Search