Tribal Court Decisions
Welcome to the Tribal Law & Policy Institute's Tribal Court Opinion
search page. Thanks to our cooperative agreement with VersusLaw©,
we now have a searchable database of over
annotated Tribal Court opinions, memorandums and orders from
Twenty-Two Tribal Courts.
To search for Tribal Court or Appellate decisions, enter your search terms in
the following text box and use the drop down list to select your search criteria
(i.e.: Search ANY Word, Search ALL Words, and Search EXACT Phrase).
You may also use our predefined search box to search Tribal Court opinions
for specific, pre-selected words and phrases.
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.
- Access. Increased access to tribal court opinions allows cases to
be argued before the courts based on the case’s merits.
- 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.
- 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.
- Extensive experience. While the Tribal Court Database might be
relatively new (March 30, 2000), VersusLaw already has several years
of experience with database management.
- Individual considerations. VersusLaw will accommodate your tribal
court’s needs. VersusLaw is willing to consider any of your
court’s concerns when drafting our
- Privacy. Concerned about protecting the privacy of parties
involved in a particular case? VersusLaw will accept opinions with
deletion of party names.
- Non-exclusive. The Cooperative Publishing Agreement is a
non-exclusive agreement. VersusLaw asserts no claims to the
copyright of your opinions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 and the National
Tribal Justice Resource Center.
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The National Tribal Justice
Resource Center also has an Online,
Searchable Database of 1,717 Tribal court opinions.
COURTS AND NAVAJO COMMON LAW: A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance,
by Raymond D. Austin (Navajo) - The Navajo Nation court system is the
largest tribal legal system in the world. In his new book, Justice
Raymond D. Austin considers the history and implications of how the
Navajo Nation courts apply foundational Navajo doctrines to modern legal
issues. In addition to detailed case studies, Justice Austin provides a
broad view of tribal law, outlining how other indigenous peoples can
draw on traditional precepts to control their own futures. Raymond D.
Austin is the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's Distinguished
Jurist in Residence at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the
University of Arizona. A member of the Arizona and Utah state bars and
the Navajo Nation Bar Association, he served on the Navajo Nation
Supreme Court from 1985 to 2001. Justice Austin is Diné from the Navajo
The largest collection of printed tribal court opinions is included in the
Indian Law Reporter. The
Indian Law Reporter is 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. For
information concerning the Indian Law Reporter, contact:
American Indian Lawyer Training Program
1025 W. Vine Street ¨ Stockton, CA 95203
Further information, please phone or fax: 209.460.0924 (phone) ¨ 209.460.0934
There are a series of bound Navajo Nation legal resources available from T
& B Publishing. These resources include the Navajo Nation Practice Book
(Third Edition), Navajo Appellate Reports, Navajo Trial Reports, Navajo Law
Digest, and Navajo Administrative Decisions. For more information, contact:
T & B Publishing
P.O. Box 1707
Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86515
Opinions Published by Native Nations
The Cherokee Nation
has posted selected cases of the Cherokee Nation Judicial
- Hopi Tribal
Court's website posts
Laws, Ordinances and Appellate Court Decisions.
- The Fort Peck Tribal Court has recently posted
Schedule, and Appellate Opinions.
Crow Nation Tribal
Court of Appeals has recently posted
of Appellate Procedure, and annotated
of Civil Procedure.
Nation Court System, which is the judicial system of the
Nation in Wisconsin, is the most comprehensive tribal court web site and
of the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court and
of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court.
Confederated Tribes of
the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon have posted
Opinions from the Grande
Ronde Tribal Court.
Indian Law Clinic
of the University of Montana School of Law
posts opinions of the
of Appeals of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.
- DNA-People's Legal
Services has posted selected opinions from the
Navajo Nation Supreme Court.