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Restatement of the Law of American Indians


"The Restatement uses 'American Indian law' or 'federal Indian law' to denote the body of law relating to the legal rules associated with American Indians and Indian tribes, and their relationships with the United States and its states. 'Tribal law' or 'American Indian tribal law' refers to the laws of American Indian tribes and the common law of tribal courts. 'Federal Indian law' is the federal law involving the relationships between federal, state, and tribal governments." Reporters' Introduction to Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians (Am. Law Inst. 2022).

Jenkins has access to the Restatement of the Law, the Law of American Indians in print, on the library's Westlaw computers, and on the member database HeinOnline. Use this guide to find out more about this Restatement and how to access it.

The first series of the Restatement of the Law of American Indians was published in 2022.

Explanation of series numbering: In 2014 ALI devised a new system for numbering series of Restatements. ALI is no longer grouping series by publication date. Instead, all new Restatement subjects will begin as the first series of that subject. Subsequent versions will be labeled as the second series, third series, etc. Prior completed Restatement projects will retain their numbered status. Current and future projects relating to subjects already completed will be numbered by the next sequential series. For more information regarding this change, see the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The ALI Reporter.

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements Series & Drafting page of this guide.