NTLA was started by a devoted group of tribal land professionals from across Indian County who came together after the 1st Tribal Land Staff National Conference in 2011. These volunteers formed a Steering Committee to work with Indian Land Tenure Foundation staff to plan and host the 2012 conference. This group expanded after the 2012 conference and met monthly to create the framework for a national association to meet the needs of tribal land professionals.
The group passed bylaws at the 2013 conference and is now a full-fledged professional association. During this start-up period the Association has decided not to seek 501(c)(3) status until it becomes financially viable. NTLA is operating as a non-profit association with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation serving as its fiscal agent.
Committees of NTLA
Under strong leadership by a thirteen-member board of directors, the Association continues to grow. There are currently five committees of the Board, each with its own goals and objectives:
Nominations Committee: Develop and maintain a process for selecting individuals to NTLA's board of directors and seek input to fill open seats on the NTLA board of directors as necessary.
Membership Committee: To identify and create incentives for volunteer opportunties and to increase and engage NTLA membership.
Fundraising Committee: Seek funding for all aspects of NTLA including organizational general operating expenses, the annual conference and costs associated with regional training opportunities.
Training Committee: Research, define, host and certify various educational opportunities in regional areas of Indian Country.
Conference Planning Committee: Design and implement a yearly educational conference for tribal land professionals. Activities include identifying and negotiating the annual conference host site and developing content, presentations and a structure for conference sessions.
Sign up to work on one of these committees and share your knowledge and enthusiasm to increase and improve opportunities for other tribal land professionals to grow their departments and learn.
To participate on one of the NTLA Committees, you must be a member of the NTLA. Click here to learn more about membership.