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Indian Land Consolidation Symposium set Oct. 15-18 in Cabazon, Calif.

September 18, 2012

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The Indian Land Working Group will hold its 22nd annual Indian Land Consolidation Symposium Oct. 15-18 at the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

The symposium offers updates on Indian land consolidation, according to Kristin Ruppel, interim director of the ILWG and a professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University.

Also to be discussed will be the Cobell Settlement, trust reform and the federal trust responsibility, tribal trust cases, leasing, land claims, oil and gas negotiated rulemaking, as well as panels on energy development on tribal lands, rights of way, pipelines, planning for indigenous development, Indian agriculture, and more.

Allotted landowners, tribal leaders, tribal and federal employees, real estate specialists, appraisers, probate/estate planning specialists, natural resource professionals, attorneys, and students are all encouraged to attend, Ruppel said.

The ILWG is a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the Native land base within reservations and empowering Indian landowners to make educated decisions about their land.

More information on the symposium and registration are available at www.indianlandworkinggroup.org.

Kristin Ruppel, (406) 994-5261, or (406) 600-0369, ktruppel99@gmail.com or ktruppel@montana.edu