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Success Stories

Minnesota Indian Estate Planning Project Provides Free Estate Planning Services for Tribal Members

The Minnesota Indian Estate Planning Project is a three-year project to provide free community education and estate planning services for tribal members of four Minnesota Indian nations: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

The project addresses a need for information and legal services for American Indian people who wish to address land consolidation issues through estate planning and, more specifically, writing wills.

Macalester College GIS Project Enlightens Community

In a unique collaboration between Macalester College, Indian Land Tenure Foundation and the Community Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 21 geography students had the opportunity to research, map and analyze land tenure patterns on eight Minnesota Indian reservations. 

ILCC Bridge Loan Helps Yurok Tribe Recover Over 22,000 Acres of Ancestral Land

On April 13, 2011 the Yurok Tribe finalized the purchase of 22,237 acres of land from Green Diamond Resource Company in Humboldt County, California. The land, part of the Yurok’s aboriginal territory, will be sustainably managed for clean water and forest health.

"The Tribe has long sought the return of ancestral land to create a salmon sanctuary and restore tribal cultural management practices, which benefit fish, wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole,” Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O’Rourke said. 

Tribe-specific Curriculum for Montana Schools

In 2008, Indian Land Tenure Foundation funded the adaptation of ILTF’s K-12 curriculum, Lessons of Our Land, to reflect Montana tribal histories and cultures and to implement the curriculum in classrooms state-wide.

Pine Ridge Landowners Rediscover their Lands

Through an innovative project funded in part by ILTF, Pine Ridge landowners are learning more about the lands they own and about how they can use these lands to benefit themselves and their communities.

Tribal Land Staff National Conference a Success

March 24-26, 2015 ILTF and NTLA (National Tribal Land Association) co-hosted the 5th Tribal Land Staff National Conference in Pala, California. The conference provided workshops, training and networking opportunities for tribal land staff professionals from throughout Indian Country. 

Snoqualmie Tribe Restores Homeland

The Snoqualmie, the People of the Moon, have been slowly but steadily reclaiming their homelands over the past half century. Their story, one of tragic loss and a hard fought recovery, represents one of the greatest comebacks in Indian Country.

Coos Bay Tribes Recover Sacred Sites

In late 2008, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians recovered 24 acres of their homelands on the Oregon coast, including Gregory Point and Chief's Island, which contain the site of a historic village and a tribal cemetery.