Native Resources

Land Buy-Back Program (current as of Oct 30, 2014   The Buy-Back Program is a voluntary program. For trust landowners who wish to sell their interests, this step-by-step video is now available to help assist individuals with identifying critical information included in their Offer Package and completing the necessary forms. Feel free to contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 888-678-6836 if you have any questions about completing the offer package.

National Indian Law Library at NARF  Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.  NARF’s legal practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse – Indian Probate  The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.  The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is developed and maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and develop education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.

National Congress of American Indians  The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians  ATNI is organized and chartered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation under the laws of the State of Oregon. The organization sets out its membership and operating policies within its Constitution and Bylaws and ATNI Policies & Procedures Manual. Authority for management of the affairs of ATNI are delegated to the Executive Council by the members and further delegated to the Executive Board, Committees, and Executive Director.

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. ILTF’s governing board consists of Indian landowners, tribal representatives and those with a lifelong commitment to Indian land issues and rights.  ILTF 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 their reservation lands. ILTF makes grants to nonprofit organizations and tribal entities whose work aligns with our mission, encompasses one or more of our four strategic areas and directly benefits Native people.

Indian Land Working Group  Indian Land Working Group is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the native land base; and the control, use, and management of this land base by tribal communities.

First Nations Development Institute  Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-2014, we have successfully managed 936 grants totaling $21.3 million to projects and organizations in 36 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

US Department of the Interior  The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.

Bureau of Indian Affairs  The Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.  

Bureau of Land Management  The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.

National Public Land News

Indian Country Today Media Publication  Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN) is a website and weekly online newsletter that is a national news source for Native people in North America. In January 2011, the ICT Media Network revealed their new online multimedia news platform; it is a daily, hourly, or “as news breaks” internationally recognized news service owned by the Oneida Nation of New York.

Indigenous Law and Policy Center – Turtle Talk blog  Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog Michigan State University College of Law

Native American Legal Update Northwest Native American Lawyer & Attorney of Foster Pepper Law Firm, offering services related to Native American law, Tribal finance, regulatory law for Tribes & casinos, Tribal litigation, Tribal healthcare law and labor/employment law for Indian casinos, serving Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Alaska, the greater Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and California. 

National Indian Gaming Association The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), established in 1985, is a non-profit organization of 184 Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around the country. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development. 

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