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Tribal Land Histories

ILTF supports Indian nations’ research on tribal land histories that explore not only the land tenure changes to the aboriginal land base over time, but also the cultural and spiritual aspects of the tribes’ historic and modern land tenure.  

The vision for the Tribal Land Histories initiative is to help tribal leaders, tribal members and others become more informed about the relationship between tribes and their land by promoting and preserving tribal culture. The research and creation of presentations on tribal land tenure histories will explore not only the actual changes to the aboriginal land base, but will reaffirm and revitalize the cultural and historical aspects of the tribe’s land. This will also strengthen Indian individuals and tribes to be better prepared to initiate, develop and implement strategies and policies on land issues to reverse the current course of fractionated ownership, loss of trust status lands and diminishment of the reservation land base. 

In 2004, a grant was awarded to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe to document tribal elders relating oral histories, cultural traditions and spiritual knowledge and to create an educational video for Snoqualmie youth about sacred places important to the Tribe. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants through the Tribal Land Histories initiative range from $15,000 to $60,000.


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