FEDERAL WEB LINKS
AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE DOCUMENTS CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET 1817-1899 University of Oklahoma's compilation of U.S. Congressional publications
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS United States Department of Interior
COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS United States Senate
DOCUMENTS RELATING TO INDIAN AFFAIRS Digital collections from University of Wisconsin
NATIONAL INDIAN LAW LIBRARY The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law operated by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Helpful Hint: This database has the ability to respond to submitted questions, e.g. "What is Rama?" Response time was within 48 hours. Response was, "Hello, perhaps you are thinking about a case regarding Ramah?
See the attached case and article. See near the middle of the article for discussion of case and class action suit."
TREATIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NATIVE AMERICANS Yale Law School's compilation of treaties
USA.GOV RESOURCES FOR NATIVE AMERICANS Resources on health, housing, culture, education, legal issues, tribal land and the environment, and tribal websites
SD DEPARTMENT OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS features information about state resources and agreements with the 9 South Dakota tribes
SD INDIAN BUSINESS ALLIANCE features information on state policy, federal tax credits and growing Indian business in South Dakota
SD STATE LIBRARY: HISTORICAL DIGITAL COLLECTIONS features Journals of the state Senate and House, Compiled Codified Laws, reports of the Attorney General, Supreme Court Reports, all dating back to the late 19th century.
The following information comes from the Black Hills Knowledge Network. You will find dropdown tabs for both Pine Ridge Reservation and Oglala Lakota.
A comprehensive source for federal documents is Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties that was compiled by Charles Kappler and is available online. Use its Index to access all treaties and most laws related to “Sioux” peoples. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is within the original Sioux territory as identified by the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty as well as the Great Sioux Reservation that was established by the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
The Great Sioux Reservation was reduced by the 1877 Act that took the Black Hills plus approximately 7,000,000 acres of land. The reduced Great Sioux Reservation was then dissolved by the 1889 Act and five Lakota reservations, one being Pine Ridge, were established on small portions of its land.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was further reduced by “the sale and disposition of surplus and unallotted lands in Bennett County” and by loss of lands to the Badlands National Monument and the Badlands Air Force gunnery range. United States Supreme Court decisions, such as the one that determined that “the Sioux nation of Indians” should have been but were not compensated for the taking of the Black Hills by the 1877 Act, are available at Justia.com.
The South Dakota Dashboard is an online community information service that provides people with reliable, up-to-date trend data on geographic South Dakota.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. View the history of South Dakota counties in several formats HERE from the Newberry Library.