Equity Assessment for Lakota tribe in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The Institute is working together with PolicyLink to provide mapping support for an equity assessment, to be used by the Lakota tribe to apply for HUD funding for reservation housing. We are also providing expert advice as the tribe establishes a regional planning office. Independent of the equity assessment work, the Institute has also offered to provide GIS support to the tribe’s land office to support the recent Cobell settlement, which will bring $126 million in settlement funds for the tribe to acquire and consolidate split-interest lands (land holdings that, through generations of Native American family inheritance, now effectively have dozens or even hundreds of beneficial owners). This represents an historic opportunity for the tribe to expand its tribal land holdings and potentially generate additional revenue through leases and other land use agreements.

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