Land into Federal Trust for Alaska Tribes:
An Introduction to the Rule, Process and Issues

Putting Alaska tribal land into federal trust may open a number of opportunities to Alaska tribes, but it may limit opportunities as well. You owe it to your tribal members and to future generations to understand the full impact of the new Department of Interior regulations and to explore the potential benefits and challenges such a move entails.

Our Alaska Native land expert will use a combination of lecture, case studies and facilitated discussions to help you understand the regulations, application process and implications of putting tribal land into federal trust and the ramifications such a move might have for your tribe or region. You’ll leave this class confident in your ability to explain to your community why you should or should not request to have land placed into trust and which lands might be best to have placed into trust. Be sure and save the date for this important class or call us about bringing this training to your location.

This class is perfect for Alaska village presidents, council members, administrators, land managers, economic development directors, lawyers and interested stakeholders.

I N   T H I S    U N I Q U E    C L A S S    Y O U    W I L L:
  • Explore the benefits and drawbacks of federal trusteeship
  • Identify the important legal, economic, cultural and logistical factors your tribe will need to consider prior to placing land into trust
  • Determine which tribal lands should be put into trust and which should not
  • Identify the most important parts of 25 CFR Land into Trust Regulations, ANSCA, and the Indian Reorganization Act and be able to explain them in plain language
  • Understand the application process and requirements for taking land into trust
  • Identify the role that surface and sub-surface rights have in guiding your decision over which land to put into trust
  • Explore the impact that putting land into trust has on things like jurisdiction, zoning, taxation and resource management
  • Develop an effective strategy to present what you know to your village that will enable you to fully explain your position for or against trust status
  • Focus on the intersection between trust land acquisition and the broader goals and objectives of community land use planning

    *Topics subject to change.

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