Office of Federal Acknowledgement (OFA)
The Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior (DOI) implements Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Procedures for Establishing that an American Indian Group Exists as an Indian Tribe. The acknowledgment process is the Department's administrative process by which petitioning groups that meet the criteria are "acknowledged" as Indian tribes and their members become eligible to receive services provided to members of federally recognized Indian tribes. The acknowledgment regulations are the result of a rulemaking process that included notice and extensive public comment.
Interior Board of Indian Appeals
The Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) is an appellate review body that exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue final decisions for the Department of the Interior (DOI) in appeals involving Indian matters. Located within the Department's Office of Hearings and Appeals, IBIA is separate and independent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs.
Decisions are available via subscription databases, including WestlawNext, the DOI website also includes a chronological index of decisions and instructions on how to locate IBIA decisions via its free database.
Indian Law Reporter
A publication of the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, the Indian Law Reporter contains:
- United States Supreme Court opinions and proceedings
- United States Courts of Appeals opinions
- United States District Court opinions
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- State Court opinions
- Tribal Court opinions
- Miscellaneous proceedings (U.S. Tax and Bankruptcy Court decisions, IBIA and IBLA decisions).
The Indian Law Reporter is not available electronically. Print copies of volumes published since 1974 may be ordered using the order form available here. However, researchers should be aware that recent volumes of the reporter cost approximately $600.
American Indian Law Review
The University of Oklahoma School of Law's American Indian Law Review (AILR) is "dedicated to publishing scholarly work in the field of federal Indian law and issues affecting indigenous peoples."
Articles from the American Indian Law Review can be accessed via HeinOnline, WestlawNext, and Lexis Advance. Articles are not currently available via the AILR website. However, a table of contents for the current and next (future) issue is available via the website. The American Indian Law Review has also launched a new feature which includes analytical summaries of current cases on the Case Analysis page.