Indian Land Tenure Foundation

  • December 31, 2020

ILTFThe mission of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation is to ensure that land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.

This mission will be achieved with four strategies:

  • Education
    The focus is on land history and tenure through the Lessons of Our Land curriculum, and professional development for K-12 teachers using the curriculum.
  • Economic Opportunity
    The focus is on supporting effective tools and providing resources that improve Indian use and control of reservation lands for the long-term benefit of their community, including projects that help tribal communities prioritize land acquisition, understand and create opportunities for the productive use of Indian land, and develop mechanisms to expand direct owner management of their land.
  • Cultural Awareness
    The focus is on supporting activities aimed at enhancing and maintaining cultural ties to the land.
  • Legal Reform
    The focus is on projects designed to advance ideas and policies granting Indian landowners and tribes greater control of their land assets. Example projects might include estate planning and probate reform in tribal communities; land policy development or reform; landowner associations; engaging local, state, and federal government leaders in a dialogue about the tribe exercising its sovereignty over tribal land; and initiatives to improve the legal landscape for owning and managing Indian land.

The Foundation periodically issues requests for proposals (RFPs) focusing on one of the four strategies listed above. The Foundation is also open to unique and innovative projects from the community that serve to enlighten its strategies and have a significant impact on land issues in Indian Country. Visit the Foundation's website for more information.

The Foundation does not offer support to/for:

  • advocacy and lobbying efforts to influence legislation;
  • endowments;
  • land purchases;
  • benefits, fundraisers, walk-a-thons, telethons, and galas;
  • scholarships, tuition assistance, or other direct funding to individuals; or,
  • special events, except when the event is a key strategy in a continuum of efforts to achieve community goals in the Foundation’s strategy areas.

Note: The Foundation also provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands. Grants awarded for land recovery efforts range from $10,000 to upwards of $100,000. The Foundation does not provide funds for the purchase of land. Visit the website for more information.

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