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Economic Development

ILTF provides funds to support Indian nations in the development of projects promoting economic development opportunities on Native lands that will create jobs for Indian people living on reservations and be replicable on other reservations throughout Indian Country.

Opportunities for economic development on Indian reservations are often very limited due to numerous factors, which are further complicated by complex land ownership patterns. ILTF seeks to assist Indian nations in creating economic development opportunities that help Indian communities improve their economic conditions and promote self-determination. Initiatives will address land ownership issues as well as sustainable economic development opportunities.

In 2008, the Fort Peck Landowners Association received a grant to research and develop a carbon sequestration process on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation including creation of an informational handbook designed for individual tribal landowner use. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants through the Economic Development initiative range from $15,000 to $25,000.


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