For detailed information about finding US cases, refer to the Cases page on our US Legal Research Guide.
To find significant/leading cases on Native American law:
To find all cases on your topic, we recommend using Westlaw. The two recommended approaches are:
Title 25 of the United States Code is entitled Indians. This title contains most of the statutes relating to Indians and Indian tribes. To find cases that have interpreted or discussed each section of Title 25, use the Annotated Code (USCA) on Westlaw (UniMelb staff & students).
To access USCA, from the Westlaw homepage, select Statutes and Court Rules, then United States Code Annotated (USCA), then scroll to Title 25. Click on the section number in which you are interested, and at the top of the screen you will see Citing References - this shows and links to all cases discussing the section - arranged alphabetically by topic. Notes of Decisions includes Cases (all cases citing the section, arranged chronologically, with the most recent decision first), Trial Court Orders and Documents (pleading, motions, memoranda, affidavits etc, Appellate Court Documents (briefs, petitions and filings) and Administrative Decisions & Guidance.
West's American Tribal Law Reporter includes decisions from approximately 24 American tribal courts, and judgments on appeal (including Supreme Court judgments) from tribal courts.
From the Westlaw homepage, select Practice Areas > Native American Law > All Tribal Cases. You can then select All West's American Tribal Law Reporter or a particular Tribe.