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Tribal Court Decisions

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute has historically hosted a searchable database of tribal court opinions, in partnership with VersusLaw. Unfortunately, due to the closure of Picosearch, the search engine that powered our tribal court opinion search page, our database of tribal court opinions is temporarily unavailable. TLPI is currently researching a search engine replacement. In the meantime, those tribal court opinions are still accessible here, with cases ranging from 1967-2011. We additionally recommend using VersusLaw for your tribal court opinion searches.

The following Tribes post some or all their Tribal Court Opinions on their websites:

Alaska

 Arizona

California

Colorado

Idaho

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Montana

New Mexico

New York

Oklahoma

Oregon

Washington

Wisconsin

Commercial Online Sources

Non-Commercial Online Sources

Print Reporters

  • Indian Law Reporter
    Published monthly by the American Indian Lawyer Training Program. The Indian Law Reporter seeks to provide a comprehensive and convenient source of information regarding developments in Indian law. Covers federal, state, and tribal courts, and occasionally administrative tribunals. Began covering tribal courts in 1983, publishing selected cases from selected tribal courts.
     
  • West's American Tribal Law Reporter
    Features the reported decisions of appellate and supreme courts of several tribes, from 1997-2008.
     
  • Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals Reporter
    The Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals provides an appellate court forum for tribes located in New Mexico, Arizona, southern Colorado, and west Texas. The Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals Reporter includes all cases and opinions issued by the Court from 1990.

Join Versus Law's Tribal Court Database

Is your court interested in joining the VersusLaw Tribal Court Database? VersusLaw offers the most comprehensive database of Tribal Courts, State, and Federal Appellate court decisions available online. Receive free access to VersusLaw Case Law Research in exchange for sending VersusLaw your court's decisions. Please take a moment to read the Top Ten reasons for participation listed below.

  1. Access. Increased access to tribal court opinions allows cases to be argued before the courts based on the case’s merits.
  2. Research precedents. A national database enables your court to research precedents already decided by other tribal courts. Participation with VersusLaw’s Tribal Court Database in turn gives your court unrestricted access to VersusLaw’s U.S. Federal and State appellate court databases.
  3. First of its kind. Currently, there are only a limited number of individual Tribal Court websites, and just a few regional tribal court sites. Our tribal court database is the first-ever, electronic compilation of tribal court opinions on a national level.
  4. Extensive experience. While the Tribal Court Database might be relatively new (March 30, 2000), VersusLaw already has several years of experience with database management.
  5. Individual considerations. VersusLaw will accommodate your tribal court’s needs. VersusLaw is willing to consider any of your court’s concerns when drafting our VersusLaw Publishing Agreement .
  6. Privacy. Concerned about protecting the privacy of parties involved in a particular case? VersusLaw will accept opinions with deletion of party names.
  7. Non-exclusive. The Cooperative Publishing Agreement is a non-exclusive agreement. VersusLaw asserts no claims to the copyright of your opinions.
  8. Limited number of archived opinions? No problem. VersusLaw wants to include tribal courts of all sizes, regardless of the number of opinions you have on record.
  9. New and developing courts. The Tribal Court Database has been an invaluable resource for new and developing courts. It affords courts the opportunity to research other opinions - this also gives new courts the ability to integrate their participation with the Tribal Court Database from the start.
  10. NAICJA. VersusLaw is developing the Tribal Court Database in cooperation with the National American Indian Court Judges Association. VersusLaw also shares opinions with the Tribal Court Clearinghouse.

First read the VersusLaw Publishing Agreement. If you agree with all of the terms and conditions, print a copy and complete the contract. Please send two (2) signed copies to:

VersusLaw, Inc.
Attn: A.D. Acton
8383 185th Ave N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052


If you have any questions, contact VersusLaw Customer Service via email (CustomerRelations@versuslaw.com) or call toll free (888) 377-8752.
 


 

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