How Tribes Utilize Land

Whether you call it home, The Rez, or Indian Country, the land that our communities are built on is important to our people. Our reservations occupy more than 55,700,000 acres of the United States. That’s 2.3% of all the land in the country.

Agriculture and Ranching
Because of favorable climates and access to water, large amounts of land in Indian Country is suitable for agriculture and ranching.

Forest and Watersheds
Many tribes throughout the U.S. have established reforestation and watershed development projects to replenish the forest and water resources in Indian Country.

Hunting and Fishing
The rights of tribal members to hunt and fish are critically important and continue to be a part of cultural activities and source of food in Native communities.

Many Native communities are exploring the development of utilities and renewable energy sources as a means to generate revenue and provide energy independence. From utility scale solar projects in Arizona, to oil in the Dakotas, tribes are advancing energy throughout Indian Country.

From the red rocks in the Southwest region, to lush green forests in the Pacific, to rolling hills in the plains – there are more than 560 recognized Tribes, each with a unique story. Many are opening up their reservations to share their history and culture.


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