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Tribal Law and Government

This guide focuses on tribal law sources of nations within the borders of New York State with additional information about U.S. Indian law and other legal and social issues faced by Indigenous peoples of North America.


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Angela Hackstadt
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University at Albany

Primary Sources of Tribal Law (New York)

Below are links to primary sources of tribal law, including codes, constitutions, and tribal court decisions. Note that not all tribes make this information available online. You may find more information at the tribe's website or at other online resources.

Tribal Law refers to laws passed by tribal authority. There is no overarching "tribal law" - each sovereign nation has its own government, laws, courts, and customs and each makes legal and government information available according to their own practices and beliefs.

Native American, American Indian, Indigenous Peoples Law refers to laws passed by the United States government in relation to Native Americans. See the Native American Law guide.