One way for tribal nations to exercise their sovereignty is to establish their laws and codes which govern their respective communities.
The following Tribes post their Tribal Codes on their website:
Other Resources for Tribal Law/Codes
TLPI Legal Code Development Series
Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is proud to offer the following Legal Code Development Series as part of our organization’s vision to empower Native nations to create and control their own institutions for the benefit and welfare of all community members.
Sample or Model Codes
The following sample or model codes were not developed for any specific Indian Nation, but were intended to be used by tribal governments as a starting point which is to be built upon, modified and adapted according to the needs and customs of each individual Indian Nation. The majority of these sample codes provide options and commentaries for tribes to consider in evaluating and adapting the code to meet their specific needs.
Code Development: Process and Structure by American Indian Development Associates provides tribal juvenile code writers and developers an overview of issues to consider in the code development process.
Tribal Housing Code (1999), developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, as part of a comprehensive Tribal Legal Code Project.