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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. 

Non-Indian communities are often misinformed about Indian land issues, and Indian nations themselves are often labeled as the problem. Engagement with non-Indian political leaders is particularly important since tribal sovereignty and the tribal land base are continually threatened by the decisions, activities and interests of non-tribal governments. Although tribes face a variety of situations and contexts across the country, they often encounter resistance from state or local actors who try to restrict tribal jurisdiction, challenge the sovereign status of the tribe, or hinder efforts at land recovery. To keep relationships on a progressive path, Indian nations must take the lead in sustaining dialogue with diverse parties surrounding reservation boundaries and address land issues with local, state and national agencies.  

In 2008, the Coushatta Indian Tribe received a grant to: conduct a series of informational sessions for tribal, local and federal government representatives to address a new strategic plan for the Coushatta Indian Tribe; create a regional economic gardening plan between the Tribe and six regional economic development boards; and create an opportunity for a new memorandum of understanding between the Tribe and the State of Louisiana. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants through the Tribe-hosted Information Sessions for Local, State and Federal Governments initiative range from $10,000 to $50,000.


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 and/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