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U.S. Senate: Resources on Indian Affairs Legislation

The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is the primary Congressional Committee handling legislation affecting Native Americans. The Senate Committee site contains a Legislative Update on legislation introduced by Congress - providing information on all current bills before Congress, including full text of the bill, bill status, hearings, reports, and other information. The site also includes information on:

U.S. House of Representatives: Resources on Indian Affairs Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural ResourcesIndian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs sub-committee is the House counterpart to the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs oversees all matters regarding Native Americans, including the approximately 566 federally recognized tribes, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Native Corporations, with nearly 1.9 million enrolled members.
General Resources on Indian Affairs Legislation

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) provides information concerning pending federal legislation includes comprehensive information on Issues in Indian Country, including sections concerning specific issues such as Updates and NCAI NewsPolicy IssuesNCAI Resolutions, a National Calendar, and Tribal Directories
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is the largest peace lobby in Washington, DC., has a Native American Legislative Update Section.
Topic Specific Resources on Indian Affairs Legislation

The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) provides congressional information concerning Indian Housing Issues is provided in their Office of Governmental Affairs section, and the Legislative section.
The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is a 501(c)(3) national organization devoted to the support and development of quality, accessible, and culturally-competent health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings. Their website hosts a Policy Blog, and Policy and Legislation Center for Urban Indian Organizations.
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through trainingresearchpublic policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS). Congressional information about Indian Health is provided in the legislative section.
Indianz.Com publishes two to three features on news worthy issues and/or other topics of interest daily. You can read stories on a wide range of topics, including legislation, court decisions, health issues, and politics.
General Congressional Resources
To research pending federal legislation, use which supersedes the THOMAS system (retired on July 5, 2016). is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. It also includes resource information on issues such as The Legislative Process.
United States Senate

The official web site of the United States Senate offers:

United States House of Representatives 

The official web site of the U.S. House of Representatives offers:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Roll Call is a Congressional newspaper that has extensive information on the current Congress, politics, and current Congressional issues.
The Hill is a non-partisan, non-ideological weekly newspaper that describes the inner workings of Congress, the pressures confronting policy makers and the many ways -- often unpredictable -- in which decisions are made.

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Federal Agencies

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
American Indian Environmental Office
BIA Office of Justice Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Bureau of Indian Education
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)
Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC)
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office)
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
Office on Violence Against Women
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Tribal Justice and Safety in Indian Country
Tribal Youth Program

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Native Organizations

California Indian Legal Services
National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NICCSA)

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes)

Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA)

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
Navajo Nation Bar Association
Southwest Center For Law And Policy

Walking on Common Ground

Native Law Blogs

Tribal Law Updates
Alaska Indigenous
Falmouth Institute/American Indian Report
ICWA Info Blog
Indian Legal Program – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Legal History Blog
Legal Scholarship Blog
National Indian Law Library Blog
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
Native American Legal Update
Turtle Talk

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