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College Course Implementation – RFP

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

About the Curriculum

The Native Land Tenure History course includes a guide of potential materials and student outcomes including a sample 15-week course syllabus. It is intended to serve as a starting place for faculty to develop a course particular to the academic field in which it will be offered. The grant does not require that faculty use these materials in any prescribed fashion, but it does require that a college-level course be developed and offered on Indian land tenure issues in the United States.

The course discusses Native land tenure issues and problems currently facing Indian people outlined as an introductory/survey, three or four semester credit, college-level course. Four major Indian land tenure concepts are addressed in this material: historical origins of Native land tenure; major western concepts of Native "property" law; use and management of Native land; and re-acquisition of the Native land base.  Each of the four major concepts has subsequent themes and corresponding topics. While the topics are sufficiently generalized throughout much of Indian Country, the course design allows for each prospective institution or organization to modify the course to suit its particular situation.

The Strategic Land Planning course addresses the strategic land planning process and is designed to be taught in tribal and community colleges, aimed at students who are interested in community-based planning and development. This grant opportunity targets tribal colleges as possible recipients. However, it is open to community colleges and other schools that have an interest in this type of culturally-specific planning resource.

The course offers Indian landowners and land users systematic ways to learn about the closely interwoven historical, legal, cultural, ecological and economic aspects of Indian land tenure and land use; then to apply specific problem-solving and strategic land planning practices to research, develop, implement and evaluate land tenure and land use decisions. The planning approach offered is participatory, engaging all affected persons,  and is comprehensive, strengthening academic with experiential learning opportunities through partnerships, applied problem-solving research, community outreach and community service.

The course materials are free and are available online.

Grant Specifications

ILTF will provide financial assistance to successful grantees to modify and implement ILTF’s Native Land Tenure History or Strategic Land Planning course at a college or university. Applicants’ innovation with respect to the implementation and modification of the curriculum inclusive of the history and culture of local Indian communities is encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Tribally controlled colleges and universities
  • Colleges with established American Indian Studies programs (not general ethnic, cultural, or minority studies programs)

The following conditions apply to all grants resulting from this RFP:

  • Up to 75 percent of the grant will be given up front to the applicant to help implement the course. The balance of the grant will be distributed at the end of the grant.
  • Grant recipients must show that they will sustain offering the college course material beyond the grant period.
  • Evaluation is required to give meaningful, constructive feedback about the material itself. This evaluation should include:
    • the collection of data on number of courses taught including the numbers of students taught;
    • appropriate pre- and post-tests showing learning and impact on students;
    • faculty satisfaction and recommendations for course materials, including copies of the syllabus and materials used in the course; and
    • institutional assessment of the implementation process.

The following details will be priorities as ILTF reviews proposals:

  • Clarity of articulated work plan with measurable and achievable results
  • Proposed timeline or schedule for course implementation
  • Number of course offerings
  • Number of students taught
  • Clear sustainable plan to integrate course beyond initial year
  • Evaluation strategy of the faculty
  • Commitment of college or university as demonstrated through previous efforts in this area

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