The National Congress of American Indians

The NCAI was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns. NCAI has grown over the years from its modest beginnings of 100 people to include 250 member tribes from throughout the United States. NCAI serves to secure for ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits to which we are entitled; to enlighten the public toward the better understanding of the Indian people; to preserve rights under Indian treaties or agreements with the United States; and to promote the common welfare of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native American Rights Fund

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of human rights; the accountability of governments; and the development of Indian law.

National Tribal Justice Resource Center

The National Tribal Justice Resource Center is the largest and most comprehensive site dedicated to tribal justice systems, personnel and tribal law. The Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal courts, providing both technical assistance and resources for the development and enhancement of tribal justice system personnel. Programs and services developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal justice system personnel -- whether working with formalized tribal courts or with tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council

IAC was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian people. Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaskan Tribes. The harmonies of man, soil, water, air, vegetation and wildlife that collectively make-up the American Indian agriculture community, influence our emotional and spiritual well being.

The Indian Land Working Group

The Indian Land Working Group (ILWG) began in 1991 in Pendleton, Oregon and is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of our native land base. Over 100 tribes gathered to discuss and exchange ideas related to preserving tribal homelands and placing tribal governments and tribal peoples, in a position to control, manage, and use these homelands. Preservation of our tribal homelands assures the continuation of our nations and culture, now and for future generations.

Free Legal Research Websites

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decisions

This site contains decisions issued by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) from its inception in 1970 through November 8, 2006. This is an unofficial site and is not associated in any way with the Department of the Interior. The site is offered as a public service and will remain on-line until the official website of the Interior Board of Indian Appeals returns.

Tribal Court Clearing House

This site provides an extensive list of information and contacts on a wide range of topics, including federal probate.

Legal Links for Non-Lawyers

Legal Links is descriptive list of free online sources of legal information compiled by Ron Jones, Reference Librarian at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

The National Native American Bar Association

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) serves as the national association for Native American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. Founded in 1973 as the American Indian Lawyers Association, NNABA works to promote issues important to the Native American community and works to improve professional opportunities for Native American lawyers. NNABA strives to be a leader on social, cultural, political and legal issues affecting American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.


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Government Links

Government Contact Information

  • The Tribal Leaders Directory January 2006 by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. This is a national directory that provides addresses and phone numbers for tribal leaders and BIA representatives nationwide.
  • Regional Trust Officers and Administrators Directory for the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians. A list of Office of Special Trustee trust officers and administrators with address and phone numbers.

Government Publications

Contact us

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