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young girl"Educate every Indian landowner about Indian land management, ownership and transference issues so that knowledge becomes power when decisions about land assets are made."

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 the history, cultural significance and legal status of Indian lands. To make lasting, positive change, education about Indian land tenure must reach all generations of Indian people, from young children learning the creation stories of their tribes to elders understanding the importance of writing a will so that lands are passed down safely to the next generation.

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Funding Areas

Head Start and K-12 Curriculum Implementation

ILTF provides financial assistance to Head Start and K-12 educational institutions or tribally controlled K-12 schools seeking to implement ILTF’s Lessons of Our Land curriculum in individual or multiple classrooms, schoolwide or districtwide.

Statewide Curriculum Initiative

Statewide implementation of the ILTF Lessons of Our Land curriculum involves adapting the curriculum to include information relative to local Indian populations and developing a strategy for implementation throughout the state.

College Course Implementation

ILTF provides funds for adaptation and implementation of two college courses: the Native Land Tenure History course addressing historical to current Native land tenure issues, and the Strategic Land Planning course which includes community-based planning and development for Indian nations.  

College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is designed to work with colleges and universities in offering a college internship opportunity for students to become directly involved in land tenure issues for college credit. This program places students at a tribal office working directly on land tenure issues under the supervision of appropriate tribal office staff and college faculty.

Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training

ILTF’s Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training provides workshop materials to be adapted to an individual Indian community and used with tribal leadership and staff to identify and design a strategic land management plan for the Indian nation addressing items such as land acquisition, land use, land consolidation, environmental stewardship, resource management and land records management, to name a few.

Strategic Land Planning Training for Landowners on an Allotment

Strategic Land Planning Training materials have been developed for use by tribes, tribal colleges, training organizations or Indian allottee associations to facilitate productive discussion among individual owners of a particular allotment about options available for their land such as land use, changing a lease agreement, consolidating ownership interests, building a home, starting a business, or other relevant concerns.

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ILTF remains open to unique and innovative projects from the community that serve to enlighten our strategies (Education, Cultural Awareness, Economic Opportunity and Legal Reform) and have a significant impact on land issues in Indian Country.