Many Indian land tenure issues stem from widespread lack of knowledge and understanding about the history, cultural significance and legal status of Indian lands. To make lasting, positive change, education about Indian land tenure must reach all generations of Indian and non-Indian people, from young children attending school to adults seeking to better understand an accurate history of Indian-United States relations. The Foundation’s education focus primarily concerns land history and tenure through the Lessons of Our Land curriculum, and professional development for K-12 teachers using the curriculum.

Recent Grantees

ILTF grantees for Education since 2015:

  • 2016, Native Educational Endeavors, South Dakota, $39,774
  • 2016, Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resource Program, Idaho, $29, 268
  • 2015, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Nevada, $40,000
  • 2015, Joshua Isaacson, Minnesota, $9,000

Share an Idea

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation promotes activities that support the recovery and control of Indian homelands.  We work to promote education on Indian land ownership and management, increase cultural awareness of Indian land tenure, create economic opportunity on Indian-owned lands, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people and Native nations from owning and controlling their lands. Before submitting an idea, please read the list below of ILTF’s eligibility requirements, funding priorities, and the list of activities we do not fund.

Entities eligible for funding include:

  • Tribal, local and state governments
  • Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, including institutions

Activities that are not eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advocacy and lobbying efforts to influence legislation
  • Endowments
  • Land purchases
  • Benefits, fundraisers, walk-a-thons, telethons, galas, etc.
  • Scholarships, tuition assistance or other direct funding to individuals
  • Special events, except when the event is a key strategy in a continuum of efforts to achieve community goals in the Foundation’s program areas

Send a Letter of Inquiry

Have an idea for a land-related project that can benefit Native nations and people? Please share it with the Foundation. Please include the following information in your Letter of Inquiry (LOI):

  1. Organization name & contact information
  2. Details about the request
    • Amount – Budget range for successful implementation of project
    • Project description – A brief description of the proposed project and rationale behind it
    • Sustainability – Explain how the organization plans to sustain this project.
  3. Identify whether the proposed project has been discussed with, and is supported by, tribal or organization leadership.

Please limit your LOI to two pages. ILTF will review your submission to determine whether we can support such a project at this time. The Foundation will invite successful applicants to submit a full grant proposal for consideration.

Please email to submit your idea.