Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law

Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law



Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law is an encyclopedic treatise written by experts in the field, and provides general overviews to relevant information as well as in-depth study of specific areas within this complex area of federal law. This is an updated and revised edition of what has been referred to as the "bible" of federal Indian law. This publication focuses on the relationship between tribes, the states and the federal government within the context of civil and criminal jurisdiction, as well as areas of resource management and government structure. The 2012 Edition of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law also includes coverage of:

• Current topics such as Indian gaming and taxation
• History and structure of tribal governments and tribal law
• Tribal and individual Indian property rights, including intellectual property rights
• Water rights
• Hunting, fishing, and gathering rights
• Economic development issues
• Government programs

This compact publication is the only comprehensive treatise explicating one of the most difficult areas of federal law. Used by judges as well as practitioners, this publication provides the tools to understand the law and to find relevant cases, statutes, regulations, and opinions critical to answering legal questions about federal Indian law. This updated edition remains the definitive guide to federal Indian law.

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New Providence, NJ


cultural resources, hunting and fishing rights, Indian Child Welfare Act, jurisdiction, tribes


Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Jurisdiction


University of Washington School of Law Professor Robert T. Anderson is one of the executive editors of this work.

The Handbook is also available on and as an e-book.

Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law

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