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Legal Reform

US Constitution“Reform the legal mechanisms related to recapturing physical, cultural, and economic assets for Indian people and strengthening sovereignty of Indian land.”

Some of the most crippling systemic barriers to Indian land use and control—fractionated ownership, checkerboarding, abuse of the federal trust relationship—are due to the complex and unjust regulations, court rulings and laws involving Indian land. Some of the most shortsighted, racist and damaging federal Indian policies, such as the policy of allotment, were devised in the 1800s—a time when most people believed that Native Americans would either disappear or assimilate into American society. Many of these policies, and their devastating effects on Indian people, still remain today.

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Estate Planning and Probate

ILTF supports estate and land use planning initiatives addressing the growing problem of fractionated ownership on reservations throughout Indian Country including projects that address the probate process, land consolidation, will writing, gift conveyance, rights of way, leasing and other land ownership and management issues.

Federal Land Transfers

ILTF supports initiatives designed to transfer lands that hold cultural, economic or political interest back into Indian ownership and control including lands identified for transfer or disposal as federally-owned excess and surplus land.

Landowner Association Development

Development of a landowner association makes it easier for tribal members to obtain the information necessary to make informed decisions concerning consolidation, leasing, estate planning, or other uses of their allotted lands. 

Legal Land Issue Reform

ILTF supports innovative projects that address issues surrounding laws and policies at the tribal, state or federal level of government that prevent Indian people and nations from owning and controlling their Native lands. 

Tribe-hosted Information Sessions for Local, State and Federal Governments

ILTF supports Indian nations to host gatherings of local, state or federal elected leaders for discussions centered on Indian land tenure issues to improve or enhance tribal sovereignty, promote advocacy and make substantive progress towards resolving misunderstandings and conflicts. 

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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.