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Land and Asset Management

This section includes useful information for all Indian landowners and tribes who want to learn more about managing their trust land and assets. We will continue to update these materials as more resources become available. Check back often!

Cutting through the Red Tape

Based on Message Runner, Vol. 5 “Cutting through the Red Tape” is a collection of federal forms used in the managment of Indian lands and assets. Each page includes general information about the topic, helpful tips about how to read or process the relevant form, and where to go for help.

Land Management Resources

Contact information and links with useful information on a range of topics related to Indian land ownership and management.


Intertribal Agriculture Council

Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act of 1993

Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans (June 2012)
Includes resources and information specific to producers using American Indian trust land.

Federal Agencies

Code of Federal Regulations, CFR 25

U.S. Department of the Interior

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians
Trust Beneficiary Call Center
4400 Masthead Street, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Federal Land

Bureau of Land Management

Federal Register

National Public Land News


Indigenous Mapping Network

Pine Ridge Land Information System

Historical Land Records

BLM, Land Patent and Survey Records

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Indian Estate Planning and Probate

American Indian Wills Clinic
Native American Legal Resource Center
Oklahoma City University School of Law

California Indian Legal Services

Center for Indian Law and Policy
Seattle University School of Law

Columbia Legal Services

Dakota Plains Legal Services

DNA People's Legal Services

Montana Legal Services Association

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey P.C.

Wisconsin Judicare

Indian Trust Settlement

Indian Trust Settlement
P.O. Box 9577
Dublin, OH 43017-4877

Indian Trust Settlement Flyer

Natural Resources

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission 

Rights of Way

BIA Procedural Handbook: Grants of Easement for Right of Way on Indian Lands (March 2006)

Saving Fast Track
Reprinted from the July/August 2012 issue of Right of Way Magazine. Permission to publish granted by the International Right of Way Association (