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Land Recovery Efforts

ILTF provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands. Returning lands to Indian ownership and control is important to ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations.

ILTF supports a variety of initiatives to assist tribes in the development of plans to reacquire reservation lands. One approach is the development of land and natural resource management plans that identify the future use and benefits of recovered lands. Such plans are critical as tribes negotiate for the transfer of federal, state and municipal lands to Indian ownership and control or in seeking loans.

In 2009 a grant was awarded to the Lac Vieux Desert Indian Reservation to conduct a market study of 91,000 acres of timberland with regard to development, financing strategies and tribal capacity building for potential purchase as part of a partnership with the Conservation Fund and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To see more information on previous grants, go to the Grantees section of the website.

Grants awarded for Land Recovery Efforts range from $10,000 upwards of $100,000.  It is important to note that ILTF does not provide funds for the purchase of land. Go to the Indian Land Capital Company website for information on tribal funding opportunities.


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