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Tribal Legal Studies

Since 1998, TLPI has provided a Tribal Legal Studies program which is designed to formalize and institutionalize tribal legal education – most recently through the development of a series of textbooks and instructor guides for use by tribal colleges and tribal justice systems courts as well as use as in-service training and self-study. Four textbooks in the series have been published (some with multiple editions) with several additional volumes planned, including Tribal Code Development.


With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Tribal Legal Studies project provides a copy of each textbook, free of charge, to every tribal court and maintains, where purchase information is available.


Tribal Legal Studies Textbook Series

  • Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies: 3rd Ed. (coming December 2015)

  • Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure 2nd Ed. (2015)

  • Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations (2014)

  • Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence (2008)

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