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The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.
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Over 400 Native groups are covered in articles of 5,000-20,000 words. Native authors and scholars contributed or reviewed many of the articles. Articles have bibliographies of sources used and suggestions for further reading.

Handbook of North American Indians.Washington, DC: U.S. GPO, 1978-
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Like Hodge’s 1912 Handbook (see below), this 20 volume set is designed to summarize knowledge about all American Indians north of Mexico. Articles are authored by experts and cover history and prehistory, culture, languages and human biology.

Hodge, Frederick Webb.
Handbook of American Indians, North of Mexico. Washington, DC: U.S. GPO, 1912.
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First published in 1912, the Handbook gives brief descriptions of all Indian tribes north of Mexico. Descriptions include history, ethnic relations, location, population statistics and a list of sources. Contributors include some of the most famous 19th century anthropologists.

Kappler, Charles J.
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Washington, DC: U.S. GPO, 1975-1979.
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Kappler’s 7 volume compilation covers treaties, laws, and executive orders. Treaties from 1778 to 1883 are covered in volume 2; the remaining volumes cover laws and executive orders from 1871 to 1970. Supplement: Coe Ref I 1.77: K 14

List of Federally Recognized Tribes (Federal Register)

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