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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.

Tribal governments have discovered that developing a strategic land plan not only helps tribal staff strategically work towards achieving defined goals, but also helps the Indian nation to be more strategic in using available funding with a vision for the future and long-term sustainability of its nation and tribal membership.

Strategic land planning workshop materials were developed through an ILTF grant and consist of a four-to-six hour session for tribal leaders and a two-day session for tribal planners, housing, realty, natural resource and land office staff as well as other interested tribal officials. Curriculum and training materials for the two courses are available from ILTF and can be developed and adapted to meet a tribe’s specific needs by tribal land office staff or other experts identified and hired by the tribe. A copy of the curriculum is available to tribal governments upon request. Once the workshop has been completed, the next step would be utilizing the items identified during the workshop for development of a strategic land plan.

Should a tribe be interested in seeking loan funds from the Indian Land Capital Company (ILCC), this training will help to demonstrate how the tribe is strategically thinking and planning land acquisition and management.

In 2008, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians received a grant to conduct strategic land planning workshops for tribal leaders, tribal staff and community members with a focus on the land acquisition process in Northern Michigan. In 2006, a grant was awarded to the Lac Vieux Desert Indian Reservation to conduct strategic land planning trainings for tribal leaders and staff as part of a broader strategy of reclaiming traditional lands. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants through the Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training range from $5,000 to $30,000.


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