News & Events


Dec. 6, 2018

The deadline is approaching to apply for the 2019 Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) tribal land office internships. ILTF offers grants of up to $10,000 for one student intern, or up to $15,000 for two interns, to work in tribal land offices. Interns should have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school and have an interest in working in some aspect of tribal land management.

The purpose of the program is to provide real-life land office experiences to students. The summer internship should extend over a 10- or 11-week period, with students committing to work 400 hours during that time. Students have to keep a brief daily log of their activities during the internship. At the end of the internship, students have to submit a copy of the daily log and a 2-5-page report detailing their activities and what was learned. In addition to the student reports, supervisors must complete a report summarizing intern activities as well as report on challenges and/or successes to implementing the program in their community.

Internships are for high school students only, and college students are not eligible. Interns cannot be an immediate family member of current department staff. ILTF will select the tribal offices that will receive internship funding. The tribal land staff office will recruit and select interns to participate in the program and work in their land office. Funding is limited, and applications are due on or before Jan. 7, 2019. Please contact Tammy Huberty at ILTF with questions (email:, telephone: 651-766-999.)

Please click here for an internship application form.



Sept. 1, 2018

Presenter proposals are now being accepted for the 9th Tribal Land Staff National Conference to be held March 26-28, 2019 held at the Mystic Lake Center, located in the Shakopee Mdewakonton Sioux Community near Minneapolis, Minn. The theme for 2019 is: Unifying Indian Country To Go Beyond Boundaries.

Do you have a presentation or workshop topic you would like to share with tribal land staff throughout Indian Country? Can you talk about complex tribal land management processes or issues in an interesting, simply or hands-on way? Now is the time to submit your ideas!

Presenters receive complementary registration and the opportunity to share their expertise. The conference will consist of 24 sessions and NTLA is currently looking for session and workshop proposals on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Natural resources and environmental issues
  • Zoning and land planning
  • Real estate
  • GIS web mapping
  • Economic development
  • more

We are looking for a good mix of presentation styles. Proposals may provide panel, hands-on activity/demonstration, lecture or round table experiences ranging from 60 – 90 minutes and targeting audiences at beginner, intermediate, advanced, or legal (CLE) levels. For 2019 we’re looking for more hands-on workshops allowing attendees to work through some of the problems or issues facing Indian Country. Send suggestions on potential session topics to or share this information with someone you think has expertise in an area that other tribal land professionals need to hear.

Complete the 2019 Call for Presenters Application and submit it prior to Nov. 30, 2018.


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August 1, 2018

Make plans to join the National Tribal Land Association and its members for the 9th Tribal Land Staff National Conference in March of 2019 at the Mystic Lake Center, located in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community near Minneapolis. Next year’s theme is Unifying Indian Country to go Beyond Boundaries.

The 1st Annual Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held in 2011, with a gathering of 100 tribal land staff from every region of the country meeting for the first time as a national group in Las Vegas. Since then, the conference has tripled in size and more than 165 tribes have attended the event in Minnesota, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to learn, share and network with other tribal land professionals working in Indian Country.

Watch for more information in the months ahead on presentation proposals, volunteer opportunities, as well as options to be a sponsor or exhibitor at the event. Questions regarding the 2019 Tribal Land Staff National Conference may be directed to