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The Indian Land Tenure Foundation is devoted to serving Indian nations and Indian people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. Our programs and initiatives are focused in the following strategic areas: education, cultural awareness, economic opportunity and legal reform. We make grants to Indian nations and nonprofit organizations, and work closely with several affiliate organizations, who share our mission and goals.

Indian Lands in Indian HandsTM

  • Education

    Most Indian land tenure issues—land loss, unprotected and inaccessible cultural and spiritual sites, fractionated ownership, loss of economic opportunity—stem from widespread lack of knowledge about   MORE

  • Cultural Awareness

    Revitalizing cultural and spiritual values related to Indian land strengthens Indian nations and people. Land is a critical base for spiritual practices, beliefs, and worship. The land can be a keeper of memories, a portal to the spirit world   MORE

  • Economic Opportunity

    Indian Country has seen funding sources come and go over the past 100 years with largely unsuccessful efforts to reduce poverty and prevent further loss of Indian land. And despite popular belief, only a small number   MORE

  • Legal Reform

    Some of the most crippling systemic barriers to Indian land use and control—fractionated ownership, checkerboarding, abuse of the federal trust relationship—are due to the complex and unjust regulations, court rulings and laws   MORE

  • Special Initiatives

    Great things often stem from unique and creative ideas that need a place to grow and develop. The current land situation is the result of several generations of increasingly fractionated ownership, lack of   MORE