Land Recovery Efforts Bring Hope
From 1887 to 1934, 90 million acres of Indian land were removed from Indian ownership and control. Nearly two-thirds of the total Indian land base was sold, transferred to non-Indians, or lost due to forced sales. Today, more than half of the land within reservation boundaries across the U.S. is privately held by non-Indians. Many Indian nations are now reclaiming these lost lands through legal transfers and purchases.
Since its inception in 2005, ILCC has made loans to several tribes for land acquisition. Some of our clients include:
Little Traverse Band of Oddawa Indians, Michigan
In 2014, ILCC provided a loan to the Little Traverse Band of Oddawa Indians to purchase a former operating farm located adjacent to the traditional boundaries of the reservation in northern Michigan. The site, which includes 312 acres of land, a house, barn, and outbuildings, will significantly advance the Tribe's goal of promoting smaller family/community gardens near where tribal citizens live, seed gathering and collection, and tribal gardening/farming operations that are certified organic and potential revenue sources from the sale of excess production.
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, California
In 2012, ILCC made a loan to the Kashia Band to purchase a 400 plus acre parcel of timber land adjacent to their existing property on the coast of Northern California, near Santa Rosa. This purchase increased the Tribe’s land holdings from about 55 acres to over 460 acres. The Tribe will use the property to build tribal housing and will bring in revenue for the tribe by harvesting timber.
Yurok Housing Authority, California
In 2011, ILCC provided a loan to the Yurok Housing Authority to acquire vacant lots in Crescent City, California. The Housing Authority will construct elder housing units on the property and develop commercial space to increase revenue. Prime real estate, the lots are located across the street from a new Super Walmart in a high traffic area of town.
Yurok Tribe, California
In 2010, ILCC provided the Yurok Tribe with a loan to purchase 5,500 acres of timberland on the Klamath River. Then, in 2011, ILCC extended the Tribe a line of credit and bridge loan toward the purchase of another 22,237 acres. The land, which was purchased from a timber company, will become part of a Yurok Tribal Community Forest and will be sustainably managed to protect its natural and cultural resources. Read more
Lower Sioux Tribe, Minnesota
In 2009, ILCC provided a loan to the Lower Sioux Tribe to purchase 170 acres of land, increasing the Tribe’s land base by 10 percent. The newly acquired land is used for ceremonial purposes and for tribal member housing.
Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington
In 2007, ILCC provided a loan to the Snoqualmie Tribe toward the purchase of 35 acres of land, which nearly doubled the size of its small reservation. The Tribe is developing the additional land to expand housing and health care services for tribal members. Read more
Blackfeet Tribe, Montana
In 2007, ILCC provided a loan to the Blackfeet Tribe to purchase a 1,200 acre ranch within the boundaries of the reservation. Now under Blackfeet control, the land is leased by the Tribe for agricultural purposes and is in the process of being transferred into trust status.