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Sacred Site Protection

ILTF seeks to provide support to Indian nations to conduct historical and cultural research to rediscover and document their sacred sites for the purpose of preservation and protection, as well as public and tribal awareness, not inclusive of the purchase of lands.

Sites or areas are considered sacred to an Indian nation for a wide variety of reasons. A sacred site can be an area used for traditional religious practices or ceremonies, a place for an individual to seek visions, or an area to gather plants, animals, minerals or any other substance required for religious and spiritual activities. Sacred sites are integral to an Indian nation’s culture and therefore must be protected.

The goal of the Sacred Site Protection initiative is to help Indian people reconnect their tribal cultures with the land and identify and protect their sacred sites. While we hope to fund projects that will convey the importance of ties between Indian culture and land to as many people as possible, our intent is also to ensure the integrity of Indian culture and the confidentiality of the knowledge, objects, stories or locations that participating tribes or Native organizations seek to protect. 

In 2008, the Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation received a grant to develop a comprehensive, culturally appropriate and sustainable sacred site protection and preservation plan encompassing the area known historically as the Grinnell Notch and specifically, "Spirit Mountain," enlisting the services of local tribal historians, elders and cultural advisors for assistance. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants awarded for Sacred Site Protection range from $5,000 to $50,000.


Grant funding is currently limited. Out of respect for your time, we suggest sending a brief letter of inquiry including the following information:

  • Organization name and contact information (address, phone, email, etc.)
  • Budget range for successful implementation of project
  • Brief description of proposed project and rationale
  • Identify whether or not the proposed project has been discussed with tribal leaders

Send to:  Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Attn: Grants Manager, 151 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN 55117-1523 or by email to