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2nd Tribal Land Staff National Conference a Success

April 3-5, 2012 ILTF hosted the 2nd Tribal Land Staff National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference provided workshops, training and networking opportunities for tribal land staff professionals from throughout Indian Country.

Over 230 participants attended this year (twice as many as last year), representing 73 Indian tribes, from the Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. The conference included two in-depth training sessions for tribal realty employees on the first day followed by two days of conference sessions and workshops on a range of relevant topics, including GIS, land use planning, rights of way and managing tribal-federal relations.

The Tribal Land Staff National Conference, held specifically for this unique group of professionals, is the only national conference of its kind. As with last year, this year's conference provided plenty of opportunities for tribal land staff to network with each other and to learn how land offices from other Indian nations and in other regions are dealing with similar issues.

One attendee remarked: "It was so good to hear that we are all on the same path . . . taking ownership of our lands" 

In addition to the conference sessions, highlights this year included the announcement of a new online discussion forum for tribal land professionals, the Indian Land Forum, and the formation of a new group devoted to the needs and interests of tribal land staff, tentatively named the Professional Tribal Land Association. 

According to ILTF program officer Terry Janis: “A national association of tribal land office staff has the potential to be a valuable resource for Indian nations: identifying successful models that other Indian nations can use, providing training and networking opportunities from a tribal perspective, and serving Indian nations through advocacy on critical lands issues. There is a need for this group and tribal land office staff have the ability to succeed brilliantly.”

Planning for next year’s conference, in coordination with leadership of the newly forming national association, is already underway.

View photos from the event on our Facebook page. 

Contact our offices if you would like to learn more about future tribal land staff conferences and events.

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