The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 (“AIPRA”) was signed into law on October 27, 2004. AIPRA made many changes to the way Indian trust or restricted land and property is inherited, plus other changes impacting land management and purchases. AIPRA affects how trust or restricted property is owned by American Indians. Alaska trust or restricted lands are not impacted by AIRPA. Additionally, AIRPA does not affect property owned by Indians if that property is not held as trust or restricted property. The information on this page was last updated on February 23, 2016.
It is important that because of AIPRA, Native Americans should consider creating wills for their trust or restricted property. If you need to make a will, or need to make changes to an existing will, we recommend speaking with an attorney who is familiar with AIPRA and Indian trust or restricted property. The information provided on this page is for resource purposes only.