Laws & Treaties on the web
- Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties by Charles Kappler
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes.
- Guide to Law Online: Indians
A compilation of Indian legal materials from the Library of Congress
- Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project
The University of Oklahoma Law Center Library and the National Indian Law Library work with tribes to place tribal documents online. Some materials are Government Documents in the Public Domain.
- Early Recognized Treaties with American Indian Nations
Texts of the nine treaties, created between the years 1722 and 1805, are offered courtesy of the University of Nebraska.
Treaties with the Five Civilized Tribes
Tribal Jurisdictions in Oklahoma
- Article 9 of Treaty with the Cherokee, 1866
Notes the abolition of slavery amongst the Cherokees and the rights of Freedmen living on Cherokee lands.
The following are links to the portions of Kappler's collection. These are the treaties with the Five Civilized Tribes that recognize the abolition of slavery and the rights of the Freedmen.
- Articles 2 & 3 of the Treaty with the Creek, 1866
Proclaims "henceforth neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall ever exist in said [Creek] nation".
- Articles 2 & 3 of Treaty with the Seminole, 1866
Provides much the same agreement that was reached with the Creeks.
Tribal Constitutions and Codes
Some material are available through the Tulsa City County Library. For Tribal Constitutions, Codes, and other legal documents, go to the Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project web site.
Other Resources on the Web
- List of Federally Recognized Indian Entities (pdf)
Current list of 564 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes.
- Indian Claims Commission
he Indian Claims Commission was a judicial panel for relations between the U.S. Government and Native American tribes. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to hear claims of Indian tribes against the United States.
- Office of Tribal Justice
The Office of Tribal Justice is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice with federally recognized Native American tribes, and advises the Department on legal and policy matters pertaining to Native Americans.
- National Indian Law Library
The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law.
- American Indian Law Review
First produced in 1973, the American Indian Law Review is published biannually by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Sharp v. Murphy
Sharp v. Murphy (previously known as Carpenter v. Murphy and Royal v. Murphy) is a pending case before the Supreme Court of the United States. It raises the question of whether Congress disestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation, or whether the 1866 territorial boundaries of the Creek Nation within the former Indian Territory of eastern Oklahoma constitute an “Indian reservation” today under 18 U.S.C. § 1151(a).
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Original docket of Tommy Sharp, Interim Warden Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Petitioner v. Patrick Dwayne Murphy
Life, tribal sovereignty at forefront of Oklahoma case before U.S. Supreme Court
Tulsa World 11/27/2018
Oklahoma shifting position in Creek Nation reservation case, prison inmate says