“From Washington state to Ohio, creativity and strategy are getting land back for tribal nations.” S. Sneve, ICT January 15, 2021The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has purchased farmland. Photo- R. Matamoros
Excerpt: Tribes reclaiming lands ‘actually happening’ By Shirley Sneve, ICT January 15, 2021
“Land is one of the greatest resources for tribal nations across the country. Some 56 million acres are held in trust by the federal government for tribes. That’s approximately 2 percent of the country. However, 90 million acres were taken by the United States between 1887 and 1934 tribes through the Allotment Act, termination and, sometimes, illegal actions.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota saw land returned in December 2020. The Leech Lake Reservation Restoration Act was sponsored by Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Betty McCollum, and signed by the president.
The bill directs the Chippewa National Forest to transfer 11,760 acres of forest service lands to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe as part of the reservation… Across the country, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon have developed a comprehensive land reclamation strategy as well.”
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January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968