Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Introduction to Tribal Concepts

Acoma Indian Reservation with Mt. Taylor in the background.

Indian Reservations

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A reservation is land established by treaty, statute, executive order, or administrative procedure for the use of a designated tribe. Many tribes reserved portions of land for themselves when they relinquished other land areas to the U.S. government through treaties. Since then, reservations have been established through executive orders and federal statutes. There are approximately 275 Indian land areas in the U.S. administered as Indian reservations (this includes pueblos, rancherias, and dependent Indian communities).

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