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Managing Indian Land in a Highly Fractionated Future

December 1, 2018

This ninth issue of the Message Runner discusses on fractionation of ownership title and provides ways for effective land management. 

American Indian History Timeline

January 1, 2018

This is an updated American Indian History Timeline that illustrates events, policies, legislation and laws relating to Indian land tenure from 1598 to the present.

Appraisals 101: The realities of Valuing Indian Land.

January 1, 2017

This eighth issue of the Message Runner covers the basics of appraisals and market value, the ins and outs of appraising Indian land, and other helpful information for individual Indian landowners. 

Informing Indian Landowners On the Land Buy-Back Program

November 1, 2016

This publication has been created to assist Indians and to provide instructions on the Land Buy-Back Program.

No Quick Fixes: A Look at the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Indian Land Consolidation Pilot Project

November 1, 2016

The Indian Land Consolidation Pilot Program, which began in 1999, is a result of Congressional Acts and Supreme Court decisions that sought to remedy problems associated with fractional land. In this article, the authors provide insights on the Indian Land Consolidation Pilot Program from the Bureau of Indian Affair.

Indian Lands - Passing our Most Treasured Asset to Future Generations

November 1, 2016

This second issue of the Message Runner focuses on Indian estate planning and probate and the 2004 American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA).

Native Land Law: Can Native American People Find Justice in the U.S. Legal System?

November 1, 2016

This sixth issue of the Message Runner provides a very brief overview of each of the 17 draft Principles of law developed by ILRC.

Now hiring! Exploring career opportunities in tribal land.

January 1, 2016

This seventh issue of the Message Runner describes career opportunities for Indians as they relate to the land and the management and sustainability of their natural resources.

Cutting through the Red Tape: An Indian Landowner’s Guide to Reading and Processing Federal Forms.

January 1, 2011

This fifth issue of the Message Runner is a collection of federal forms used in the management of Indian lands and assets and explanations about how to read and process the forms.

From Removal to Recovery: Land Ownership in Indian Country

January 1, 2009

This fourth issue of the Message Runner provides a historical account of Indian land ownership, from pre-contact to the present.

Estate Planning Services Pilot of the American Indian Probate Reform Act Implementation Project

January 1, 2007

The American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) amended the Indian Land Consolidation Act and amendments made in 2000. This report documents the activities of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and its program, the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate at Seattle University School of Law, to provide community education and legal training on the Act, as well as provision of direct estate planning services to select geographic regions.

Right of Way in Indian Country

January 1, 2007

This third issue of the Message Runner looks at the history of rights of way in Indian Country and includes a helpful how-to section for landowners and tribes negotiating rights of way on their lands.