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Deadline: July 25, 2016

Indian Land Tenure Foundation

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. It works to promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands. Its mission is that “Land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.” ILTF achieves its mission through the support and development of community-based projects that incorporate one or more four primary strategies: Education, Cultural Awareness, Economic Opportunity, and Legal Reform.

Funding areas include:


  • Head Start and K-12 Curriculum Implementation: ILTF provides financial assistance to Head Start and K-12 educational institutions or tribally controlled K-12 schools seeking to implement ILTF’s Lessons of Our Land curriculum in individual or multiple classrooms, schoolwide or districtwide.
  • Statewide Curriculum Initiative: Statewide implementation of the ILTF Lessons of Our Land curriculum involves adapting the curriculum to include information relative to local Indian populations and developing a strategy for implementation throughout the state.
  • College Course Implementation: ILTF provides funds for adaptation and implementation of two college courses: the Native Land Tenure History course addressing historical to current Native land tenure issues, and the Strategic Land Planning course which includes community-based planning and development for Indian nations.
  • College Internship Program: The College Internship Program is designed to work with colleges and universities in offering a college internship opportunity for students to become directly involved in land tenure issues for college credit. This program places students at a tribal office working directly on land tenure issues under the supervision of appropriate tribal office staff and college faculty.
  • Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training: ILTF’s Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training provides workshop materials to be adapted to an individual Indian community and used with tribal leadership and staff to identify and design a strategic land management plan for the Indian nation addressing items such as land acquisition, land use, land consolidation, environmental stewardship, resource management, and land records management.
  • Strategic Land Planning Training for Landowners on an Allotment: Strategic Land Planning Training materials have been developed for use by tribes, tribal colleges, training organizations or Indian allottee associations to facilitate productive discussion among individual owners of a particular allotment about options available for their land such as land use, changing a lease agreement, consolidating ownership interests, building a home, starting a business, or other relevant concerns.

Cultural Awareness:

  • Sacred Site Protection: ILTF seeks to provide support to Indian nations to conduct historical and cultural research to rediscover and document their sacred sites for the purpose of preservation and protection, as well as public and tribal awareness, not inclusive of the purchase of lands.
  • Tribal Land Histories: ILTF supports Indian nations’ research on tribal land histories that explore not only the land tenure changes to the aboriginal land base over time, but also the cultural and spiritual aspects of the tribes’ historic and modern land tenure.

Economic Opportunity:

  • Economic Development: ILTF provides funds to support Indian nations in the development of projects promoting economic development opportunities on Native lands that will create jobs for Indian people living on reservations and be replicable on other reservations throughout Indian Country.

Legal Reform:

  • Estate Planning and Probate: ILTF supports estate and land use planning initiatives addressing the growing problem of fractionated ownership on reservations throughout Indian Country including projects that address the probate process, land consolidation, will writing, gift conveyance, rights of way, leasing, and other land ownership and management issues.
  • Federal Land Transfers: ILTF supports initiatives designed to transfer lands that hold cultural, economic or political interest back into Indian ownership and control including lands identified for transfer or disposal as federally-owned excess and surplus land.
  • Landowner Association Development: Development of a landowner association makes it easier for tribal members to obtain the information necessary to make informed decisions concerning consolidation, leasing, estate planning, or other uses of their allotted lands.
  • Legal Land Issue Reform: ILTF supports innovative projects that address issues surrounding laws and policies at the tribal, state, or federal level of government that prevent Indian people and nations from owning and controlling their Native lands.
  • 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.

Amount: Varies by funding area:

  • Head Start and K-12 Implementation: $125-$3,000 for individual and multiple classroom implementation following a noted fee structure; schoolwide/ districtwide adaptation and implementation range from $15,000-$75,000
  • Statewide Curriculum: $30,000-$100,000
  • College Course Implementation: $1,500-$6,000
  • College Internship: $4,500-$24,000
  • Tribal Government Strategic Land Planning Training: $5,000-$30,000
  • Strategic Land Planning Training for Individual Landowners of an Allotment: $10,000-$25,000
  • Sacred Site Protection: $5,000-$50,000
  • Tribal Land Histories: $15,000-$60,000
  • Economic Development: $15,000-$25,000
  • Estate Planning and Probate: $10,000-$100,000
  • Federal Land Transfers: Not stated; this is a new program and no funding range is given
  • Landowner Development Association: $10,000-$40,000
  • Legal Land Issue Reform: $10,000-$60,000
  • Tribe-hosted Information Sessions: $10,000-$50,000

Eligibility: Tribal, local, and state governments; and nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, including educational institutions.

Link: https://www.iltf.org/grants

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