December 20, 2007

New at the Library

New tribal code: The Library recently obtained permission to post The Law and Order Code of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming. The Code is one of more than 100 tribal legal documents available at the Library's web site.

Economic summit materials: The National Congress of American Indians is providing white papers from the National Native American economic policy summit : Phoenix Arizona at its web site. Conference proceedings, which the Library collects, often offer a wealth of research material on current issues of importance to Indian Country.

December 3, 2007

Tribal law online

Each week the Library looks for new tribal law web sites and tribal laws that have been published on the Internet by the various federally recognized tribal governments.

From Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2007, we have found 23 new tribal web sites, 21 new constitutions posted online and 12 new codes posted online.

Access these laws as well as other tribal laws. All information is available at the National Indian Law Library's Tribal Code & Constitution Directory -- the A-Z List at the Tribal Law Gateway.

Search our site more efficiently

This month we launched a new search engine for our web site, donated to NARF by ISYS Search Software. The search interface is still under development, but still offers great improvements over our previous search engine.

Now you can search parts of the NARF web site in addition to the entire site, with a powerful search engine that lets you select search screens, search terms within proximity of each other, and preview highlighted results. Especially helpful to web site users is the ability to isolate large segments of our site, such as the tribal law collection or the ICWA web guide to conduct research. From any NARF page, click on "Search".

Note that the Library's collection of materials must still be searched using the catalog at

As we continue to customize ISYS to fit our web site, we welcome suggestions for improvement or general comments. Send Emails to