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Government Documents on American Indians: Congressional

Research guide for government documents on American Indians

Congress

Congressional sources of American Indian information include:


Biographical Directory of United States Congress

Senate Select Comm. on Indian Affairs (HERE for selected Hathitrust fulltext catalog records.) HSSE DOC Y 4.IN 2/11:

House Natural Resources Comm -These two committees have jurisdiction over federal Indian policy since the mid-1990s (HERE for selected Hathitrust fulltext catalog records.)

HSSE DOC Y 4.R 31/3:

House Appropriations Committee - Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) is a member of this committee. (HERE for selected Hathitrust fulltext catalog records.)

HSSE MF Y 4.AP 6/1:IN 8/6/

Senate Appropriations Committee - Appropriations committee publications are excellent sources for department and agency expenditure information (HERE for selected Hathitrust full text catalog records.)

HSSE MF Y 4.AP 6/2:

American Indian Policy Review Commission - Note: This organization existed in the mid-1970's

HSSE DOC Y 4.IN 2/10:

Senate Interior & Insular Affairs Comm. - This committee and the House Interior & Insular Affairs Comm. held jurisdiction over federal Indian policy before the House Resources & Senate Select Indian Affairs Committees.

HSSE DOC Y 4.IN 8/13:

House Interior & Insular Affairs Comm. - This committee and the Senate Interior & Insular Affiars Comm. held jurisdiction over federal Indian policy before the House Resources & Senate Select Indian Affairs Committees.

HSSE DOC Y 4.IN 8/14:

Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, & Congressional Record (Online Cong. Record link from 1873-1875)

and HERE from 1994-present

HSSE Repository X/A:
Congressional Bills  (Online 1993-present) HSSE DOC MF Y 1.4/1: to Y 1.4/9:

Congressional Committee Reports - Congressional committee reports are excellent sources for determining Congress' intent for proposed legislation.

HSSE DOC Y 1.1/3: to Y 1.1/8:
(Online 1995-present)
American State Papers (also Microfilm) HSSE DOC Y 1.1/2:

Congressional Serial Set & HERE(Purdue Users Only)

The Serial Set includes the Congressional Record and its predecessor publications from 1789-1997.  Serial set volumes cover 1789-1969)

Congressional Record (1994-Present)

HSSE Repository Y 1.1/2:

Congressional Budget Office (Issues reports on the federal budget, federal program budget issues, and costs estimates on legislation reported by congressional committee.)

Congressional Research Service Reports (Courtesy-University of North Texas Library)

Government Accountability Office (Issues reports documenting government programs management performance for Congress.)

Indexed by the Congressional Serial Set Index listed earlier, these series of publications feature a wealth of government reports on various aspects of federal policymaking. Nineteenth century and early Twentieth century Serial Set publications include executive branch as well as congressional sources. These are an indispensable source for United States historical research.

United States Supreme Court opinions can be found in the following publications:

  • United States Reports HSSE DOC JU 6.8: (1985-Present, 1974-1984 in HIKS Repository)& LexisNexis Academic (Purdue users only)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Reports Lawyers Edition HSSE REF 345.4 Un37r
  • U.S. Statutes at Large (Contains text of U.S. laws as passed by Congress) (1995-present) HSSE REF 345.11 Un3 and
    HERE 1789-1875
  • United States Code (Contains text of U.S. laws codified into 50 different subject areas. See Title 25 for laws on American Indians) HSSE REF
    345.11 Un3co

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