Blair Gisi featured in the USFN October 2018 e-Update

Kansas:  Utilization of Land Reports for Real Estate Located within Federal Indian Reservations

If you have ever reviewed title work for real estate located on a Federal Indian reservation, you have likely encountered some additional requirements stemming from the tribal sovereignty recognized by the United States government.  contacting the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to request a land report to ensure that the real estate is, in fact, tribal land is warranted before taking on these requirements.

The BIA states that there are approximately 56.2 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for various Indian tribes and individuals.1  White there are various forms of "tribal land" (allotted lands, restricted status lands, or state Indian reservations), the key consideration here is whether the United States actually holds title in trust for an Indian Tribe or individual Native American.  In other words, simply because the real estate is located on an Indian reservation does not necessarily mean that it is tribal land.


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