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About Us

pine trees and lake sceneThe Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. We work to promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands. As a community foundation, ILTF accepts contributions from organizations and individuals to support its grantmaking and program initiatives.

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Mission & Strategies

Our Mission

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.

Our Strategies

ILTF will achieve its mission through the support and development of community-based projects that incorporate one or more of our four primary strategies: Education, Cultural Awareness, Economic Opportunity and Legal Reform.


ILTF originated in the 1990s when a group of concerned Indian landowners, land rights advocates, and tribal leaders came together to do something about the serious problems affecting Indian land tenure—the terms and conditions by which Indians hold land.

Board of Directors

ILTF is governed by an 11-member board made up of Indian landowners, tribal representatives, and those with a lifelong commitment to Indian land issues and rights.


Our staff are based at the Foundation’s offices in Little Canada, Minnesota.

Affiliate Organizations

ILTF partners with a variety of different groups to achieve its mission, including Indian nations, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Annual Reports

View the Foundation’s annual reports online.

Our Supporters

Our supporters make everything ILTF does in the community possible.


Frequently asked questions about ILTF, funding opportunities, land tenure issues and more.

Contact Us

Contact us via e-mail, telephone or postal address and access driving directions to the Foundation’s offices.