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Strategic Land Planning Training for Individual Landowners of 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.

Fractionated ownership of allotments continues to be a major obstacle for individuals, Indian nations, and local, state and federal governments and is a major hindrance to housing, business development, farming, ranching, and estate planning. Becoming a responsible landowner can only be accomplished when Indian people are able to enhance and broaden their knowledge and understanding of Indian land ownership and tenure.

Through a grant from ILTF, educational resource materials have been developed for use by trained individuals to work with individual Indian landowners that will help them make knowledgeable decisions about their land and to understand the benefits and consequences of their decisions. The landowners learn about their land and title, will understand the options available to use their land and the tools available to help them do it, and will create and implement a strategic plan to accomplish what they want to do with their land. These training materials are provided to grant applicants upon request.

In 2008, a grant was awarded to Village Earth to conduct strategic land planning workshops for individual landowners on the Pine Ridge Reservation and develop an allottee land-planning map book promoting greater awareness and participation in land-use planning and management of individual allotments. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants through the Strategic Land Planning Training for Individual Landowners of an Allotment range from $10,000 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 state or 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