Indian Land Tenure Foundation awards grants and contracts

Little Canada, Minnesota (ICC) 12-08

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Board of Directors this fall awarded grants and contracts totaling $207,124 for curriculum development, sacred site protection and land management:

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) has awarded $40,094 to the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, to support the development of state academic standards and assessment requirements in American Indian history and culture. In addition, the Foundation awarded up to $50,000 in contracts for tribe-specific curriculum development in Montana.

The Foundation also awarded $58,656 to Fort Belknap Planning and Development Corporation (PDC) of Harlem, Montana, to develop a comprehensive, culturally appropriate and sustainable sacred site protection and preservation plan for locations within the Grinnell Notch, an area where the tribe’s sacred sites are in danger of desecration from mining activities.

Two local elder/culture advisory groups – the Buffalo Chasers and the White Clay Societies – are working closely with the PDC to accurately identify and document the sacred sites in this area and provide input for the protection plan.

ILTF awarded $58,374 to the Fort Peck Landowners Association (FPLA) of Wolf Point, Montana, to develop a workforce training program on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.