Released in July of 2014, the portal initially provided access to tribal information of the American Indians. Since then it has expanded to include information from Canada and Mexico, as well as global information from around the world.
Each geographical region contains information of various types. Some of the resources that can be found in the United States section of the portal include various Law Gateways, such as:
- Tribal Court Clearing House/Decisions
- American Indian Resource Directory
- Federal Websites: Native Americans
- National Indian Justice Center
- National Indian Law Library
- Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project (University of Oklahoma Law Library)
- USA.gov Tribal Government Sites
- LLMC Sourcebook: Native Americans
Other sources of information include directories, research guides, law societies, and links to various subject specific information sites dealing with things like land law, social services, environmental law, and education, to name a few.
One of the most valuable sections of the portal is the collection of digitized constitutions. They provide access to hundreds of constitutions and other legal materials that otherwise might be inaccessible elsewhere, at least without great effort.
The portal provides a long needed resource that will help preserve a vulnerable portion of our nation’s history. It is constantly being updated and expanded, so make a point of returning periodically to explore new resources, and learn about this country’s origins.