Other Native American Land Trusts

This list is lightly edited and republished, with much gratitude to First Light Learning Journey.

Amah Mutsun Land Trust – Founded by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the land trust works hard to fulfill Amah Mutsun goals of conserving and restoring indigenous culture and natural resources within their traditional territories; researching and educating about the traditional ecological knowledge that their ancestors developed and followed for thousands of years; and stewarding their lands to ensure a resilient future for Mother Earth and all living things. More at amahmutsun.org/land-trust

EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director
PO Box 5272, Galt, CA 95632
(508) 254-0746

Blackfeet Indian Land Conservation Trust Corporation — The first on-reservation Native American land trust in the nation. Also known as BILT, the Blackfeet Indian Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. BILT acquires properties that are prioritized for protection by raising money to purchase them, then placing such properties under conservation easements, and holding the land in a protected status in perpetuity… forever.

PO Box 3030, Browning , MT 59417

Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force — Composed of delegates chosen by each of the Haudenosaunee Nations. They assist the Haudenosaunee Nations in their efforts to conserve, preserve, protect and restore their environmental, natural and cultural resources and strategize ways to manage land sustainably for future generations.

Here is a paper that loosely tells their story and philosophy — https://firstlightlearningjourney.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/HEPP-LaFrance-Costello.pdf

More here — http://hetf.org/about-us

David Arquette, Director P.O. Box 992, Hogansburg, NY 13655
Email: darquette@hetf.org Telephone: (518) 333-0228

InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council – Comprised of ten federally recognized North Coast tribes, the Council is a nonprofit land conservation consortium that owns and manages the InterTribal Wilderness land. More here.

Hawk Rosales, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1523, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone (707) 468-9500

Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy — The KDLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting environmentally and culturally-sensitive lands within the Kumeyaay aboriginal territory – from the ocean to the mountains and desert. More here — kdlc.org/

Kim Bactad, Executive Director
2 Kwaaypaay Court, El Cajon, CA 92014
619.659.1008 (Office)

Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy — Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy is a non-profit group representing nine member organizations of Maidu Indians of Lassen and Plumas Counties, in their united quest to protect and steward our traditional homelands. Our lands conservation projects focus on sacred sites and critical habitats that are integral to our goal of enhancing the resources that allow for the lifeways of the Maidu People. More here — maidusummit.org/

Kenneth Holbrook, Executive Director
289 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020
Office 530.258.2299
Cell 530.258.2299

Native American Land Conservancy — The NALC’s mission is to acquire, preserve, and protect our sacred lands. Focusing on aboriginal territory of tribes in present-day Southern California, the Native American Land Conservancy protects and restores sacred sites and areas, provides educational programming for Native American youth and the general public, and conducts scientific studies on cultural, biological, and historical resources on sacred lands. More here — nativeamericanland.org/

Michael Madrigal, President
P.O. Box 3074 Indio, CA 92202
Telephone — (760) 775-2263
Email — Rpaull@spotlight29.com

Native Land Conservancy (Mashpee) – Native Land Conservancy was founded in 2012 in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and is the first Native-run land conservation group east of the Mississippi. In recognition of shared values, they enjoy partnerships with other local and regional land conservancies. The NLC offers presentations of their native culture and history of the lands they are preserving during co-walking adventures open to the public. More here — nativelandconservancy.org

Sogorea Te Land Trust — The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do. More here — http://sogoreate-landtrust.com/

California Indian Environmental Alliance (CIEA)
P.O. Box 2128, Berkeley, CA 94702

Sustainable Southeast Partnership — The Sustainable Southeast Partnership addresses complex social, environmental, and economic challenges through cross-sector coordination and brings together diverse partners from throughout the region of Southeast Alaska. Our collective impact network model is based on commitment across organizations and individuals to a common agenda, shared infrastructure, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing activities, and a shared measurement framework. More here — http://sustainablesoutheast.net/

Utah Diné Bikéyah — A native-led organization that provides critical tools, training, and technical support to the five Tribes—Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, & Uintah Ouray Ute—who are leading the call to protect the Bears Ears cultural landscape as a national monument. More here – http://utahdinebikeyah.org

Contact — info@utahdinebikeyah.org

White Earth Land Recovery Project — Founded by Winona LaDuke, this project facilitates the recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage. More here — https://www.welrp.org/

Page last updated — Jan 21, 2022

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