We're conserving land, forests, and wildlife
Through Indigenous knowledge and leadership.


The world and humanity are in the dangerous crosshairs of Climate Change.



One truly effective change we can make is to replace our current conservation efforts by states, and local authorities with proven indigenous TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge). Most recently, there has been modest acknowledgement that more needs to be done in the way conservation lands are managed. Due to the crisis atmosphere of catastrophic fire and climatic change, a few academic institutions and natural resource managers are studying the way Indigenous people used fire to reduce fuel loads and the threat of catastrophic fires.

  • 50% of public land & water and 25% of private land under Indigenous conservatorship by 2030
  • 100% of public land & water and 50% of private land under Indigenous conservatorship by 2050
What state do we want to leave the world in for future generations? How can we use resources available to support organizations doing work and advocating for the cause? Solutions put into place today will have a multiplying affect into the future. The work of NLTC is to facilitate Tribal, land trusts, and conservation entities to build relationships, facilitate collaboration, and build the capacity of Tribal efforts in conservation of ancestral land, water, and air to ease the causes and results of Climate Change.

Land under Indigenous conservation has dwindled from 100% to less than 5% in the United States. In California those numbers even less as Indigenous conservation of land and fire prevention is at 3.8% of all lands.

In the past decade, over 6 million acres have been destroyed in wildfires. The acidification of our freshwater lakes and rivers has significantly reduced wildlife throughout the state. Most Native Alaskan and Native American Nations are at a pivotal time in the history of land and water conservation.

Contemporary conservation organizations, including state and federal governments, have focused on land acquisition with very little attention dedicated to the importance of stewarding the lands and waters, so that they provide for a sustainable future. It is for this reason that we now have catastrophic fires that sterilize the ground, burn houses, and destroy wildlife and their habitats.

Native lands trusts have the traditional knowledge, passion, and moral authority to meet these challenges and protect America’s most treasured lands. However, the thousands of years of Indigenous knowledge are ignored by scientists and land managers, and Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous leadership are not incorporated into land and water management policy and practice.

  • Perpetuate, revitalize, and sustain Native Peoples’ relationships with sacred and traditional resources by utilizing cultural strategies and tools
  • Support Tribes/Native organizations to restore their Indigenous knowledge, including their traditional land and water stewardship techniques. Colonization had the goal of erasing our Indigenous knowledge and, for many Native Nations, this knowledge must be restored and reawakened
  • Provide land conservation advocacy, tools, resources, and education as feasible to support Native Nations, Native land trusts and conservancies and indigenous communities
  • Facilitate or provide title holding of conservation lands and easements, conditioned on availability of funds
  • Educate the public and conventional conservation institutions about Indigenous Native Peoples’ cultural conservation and stewardship initiatives
  • Facilitate, cultivate, and support conservation partnerships that protect and preserve traditional resources and ways of life
  • Advocate that governmental agencies and land conservation organizations recognize the authority of local Native Peoples perspectives’ regarding public benefit and/or public interest
  • Facilitate the creation, training, and increased capacity of Indigenous land trusts
  • Shifting public language from land conservation to land justice
  • Achieve 30×30 goals through land trusts and Indigenous methods and technology


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We're helping Indigenous peoples and the public reconnect

and maintain their connection with the land

The Native Land Trust Council (NLTC) is a nonprofit organization established to help Indigenous peoples and the public reconnect and maintain their connection with the land. NLTC is a collaboration of five native land trusts: Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Kumeyaay Diegueno Land Conservancy, Maidu Summit Consortium, Native American Land Conservancy, and Native Conservancy. The NLTC’s purpose is to promote the conservation of Indigenous land, culture, and stewardship through initiatives and activities of Indigenous Peoples. These include land trusts and other not for profit organizations carrying out charitable, public, and educational activities.

The NLTC currently works within the state of California facilitating the development of relationships with Tribes and assisting their efforts to create land trusts or partnerships with existing organizations doing similar work on ancestorial homelands. The goal of NLTC is to ensure the conservation of land, forests, and wildlife through Indigenous knowledge and leadership.

The NLTC Board of Directors and staff are comprised of experts with decades of experience in the field of conservation, collaboration with Tribal entities, and deploying Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

Our Board
Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun
Sean Milanovich
Lorena Gorbet
Johnny Elliot

Our Staff
Daniel Martin, Executive Director, Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux, Chickasaw, and Choctaw