2013 Symposium Summary
The 23rd Annual Indian Land Consolidation Symposium was held on November 17 – 20, 2013 at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Spokane, WA.
The symposium was a joint meeting between the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) and the Indian Land Working Group (ILWG). The symposium theme was “Protecting Our Future”
Here is the ILWG symposium flyer:
The highlight of this symposium was having a joint meeting with ATNI and ILWG. This was the first time that tribal leaders and individual allottee land owners met together at such a conference. It would be beneficial for both groups to continue to meet in the future. It should be apparent we are all in this together.
The above listed symposium topics are all relevant to every individual land owner on reservations from coast to coast. Each of the panels provided information that helped individual land owners better understand the many issues involved with their trust properties.
The presentation showing how one person successfully researched, gathered, compiled, organized and stored information about her own family’s allotments was very helpful.
Another important presentation showed how one family worked to ‘DE fractionate’ their miscellaneous trust properties into whole units again. A large chart exhibited this family’s success story.
Another success reported was the lawsuit recently won by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation. This taxation issue that could apply to other tribes and their businesses on trust lands.
The Webinar presentation by WSU was helpful to learn about how to use the internet technology tools for long distance communication between/among individuals, groups, and tribal organizations.
The annual ILWG Banquet Dinner and Auction held Tuesday evening was a success.
ILWG Vice-Chair Helen Sanders was recognized and honored by ATNI for her many years of service to Indian Country. She received a Pendleton blanket. She served for many years on many organizations:
- NCAI (Officer)
- ILWG (Indian Land Working Group since its 1983 inception)
- AA and AT (Allottees Association and Affiliated Tribes of the Quinaielt Reservation as its founding president)
The booklet compiled by Helen Sanders and printed by the Chehalis tribe was not only an excellent agenda for the conference but it also included additional pages of useful reference material.
The conference remembered and honored three women who contributed much to the work of the ILWG organization and allottees. Their photographs were displayed on the booklet cover.
- Sharon Ann Redthunder (1945-2013)
- Cecelia Nunez (1953-2013)
- Elouise Cobell (1945-2011)
During their presentation on buy-backs, the DOI reps did not understand what RMZ’s were on the reservations and their serious impacts to individual land owners.
The next ATNI meeting was announced for Feb. 16 – 20, 2014 and will be hosted by the Lummi Tribe.
Gratitude to and special appreciation to both the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for contributing to the costs of the conference and to the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation for the printing of the conference booklet.
And special thanks to the staff of ATNI for helping with the on-line/conference registration, copying and distribution of material during the meeting.