Non-Natives Control Majority of Harvested Cropland on Native American Reservations

According to the most recent 2017 data from the USDA Census of Agriculture for American Indian Reservations 86.33% of harvested cropland on American Indian Reservations is operated by non-natives. In total, this amounts to 3.3 million acres of land operated by non-natives compared to only 532 thousand acres operated by Native Americans (see chart below).  […]

Re-introducing the Lakota Lands Information System

The Pine Ridge Land Information System (PRLIS) is a web-based land information system designed to assist members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe to access information about their lands and resources. The PRLIS was developed Village Earth (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in partnership with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Land Office and made possible with support from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.

The General Allotment Act of 1887 Crippled Native Agriculture for Generations

Today, the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) holds 66 million acres of lands in trust for various Indian tribes and individuals. Approximately¬†46 million acres (69%) of this land is used for farming and grazing by livestock and game animals.¬†However, Native Americans are not the primary beneficiaries of agriculture on their lands. According to the […]

Women’s Representation in Agriculture; Greater Among Native Americans

Increasing the proportion of women in agriculture has been a longstanding goal of agencies like USDA, FSA and programs like 4H but these programs may be able to learn a thing or two from Indian Country which has nearly equal participation among men and women. This is according to data collected in the 2017 USDA […]

Explore the TOP 10 Native Lands of the FSTI 2020!

Explore the Top 10 ranking native lands of the NFSI 2020! About the TOP 10 Dashboard We created this dashboard 1) to show the top 10 highest ranking lands of the FSTI 2020 and 2) to explore their profiles and characteristics, and observe possible explanations for their high score. Evidently, the sample is too small […]