THE STATUS OF NATIVE LANDS

The US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 68.5 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface mineral estates held in trust by the United States Government for Native Americans and tribes. But how well are these assets being managed and what data exists to assess the BIA’s performance as Trustee? This topic is focused on presenting the data to begin to answer these questions and more. 

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Native Land Area Representations

View native lands as defined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Census Bureau, and Indian Claims Commission.

Bison numbers increase a whopping 1031% on Native Lands!

Bison numbers increased by a whopping 1031% between 2012 and 2017 on Native American Lands. This increase far outpaces the increase in the number of bison nationally which was only 13.36%.

This is according to data from Census of Agriculture for American Indian Reservations in a newly compiled data dashboard developed by the Native Land Information System. According to the data, the bison population on native-operated farms increased over 10 fold from 308 to 3486 heads.

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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.

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