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Help Reverse the Negative Effects of the Dawes Act

February 8, 1887 marks the 125-year anniversary of the General Allotment Act (or Dawes Act), a piece of legislation that was designed to assimilate American Indian people into white culture and was directly responsible for the loss of 90 million acres of Indian land—nearly two-thirds of the total Indian land base. The Act required tribally-held land to be divided among individual tribal members and the remaining “surplus” lands opened to white settlement. This division and alienation of Indian land and assets had devastating consequences for Indian people that still endure today.

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is working to reverse the negative effects of the Allotment Act, through land recovery, legislative and regulatory reform, and targeted outreach with community members.

Here are few simple actions you can take today that will help move us one step closer to reversing the negative effects of this damaging legislation:

1. Educate Yourself and Others

Watch this video and share it with your friends and networks.

2. Stay Informed

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3. Urge Our Political Leaders to Take Action Now

Encourage your congressional representative to pass the "Carcieri Fix" to address the unintended consequences of the 2009 Carcieri v. Salazar ruling. What is the "Carcieri Fix?"

4. Support the Solution

Make a contribution to ILTF to support efforts that assist in the recovery and control of Indian land.