IAC Supports the following message from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. We encourage our members to take part in this effort:
Is your request for an Indian Land appraisal taking months to complete? Have you been waiting for a year or more on a probate?
The process for getting Indian Land appraisals and probates completed is a mess. It can take months for an Indian landowner to have an appraisal done. It can take years to get through the probate process, and landowners and their families are frustrated. How long have you been waiting? Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) would like to know.
ILTF is conducting a short survey as a way for you to share your stories of delay and frustration with the appraisal and probate processes. Our goal is to better understand the problems and help push for practical solutions. We also want people to know just how bad the situation really is and what can be done about it.
How long does the survey take? The appraisal and probate processes can take forever but this survey does not. It will take 5 minutes or less to answer a few basic questions about when your request was made and how long you have been waiting for completion. If you have more time available, you'll also have the option to share some details about your experiences and tell us the impact the delays have had on you and your family.
Why take the survey? These lengthy delays are causing problems in Indian Country, both for individual landowners and their families, and for tribal businesses and governments. Transactions and payments are delayed, tribal communities miss out on economic opportunities and communities suffer unnecessarily. There is no way to measure the impact of the personal stress involved. By taking the survey you will be helping ILTF to raise awareness of the problems and work toward solutions.
What will ILTF do with the information? All of your personal information will remain confidential and will not be shared without your permission. ILTF will anonymously compile the results from everyone who participates and will make the data available on our website at www.iltf.org. The Foundation will raise awareness of the problem through media coverage, public relations activities and social media in order to pressure the Department of the Interior to improve its service to Indian people. We need your help to make change happen!
Win an Amazon gift card If you provide your contact information when completing this short survey you will be entered to win one of several $50 Amazon gift cards to be given away.
To participate in this survey, please click on the link below. If other people you know are having issues with appraisals or probates, please forward this email to them so they can participate in the survey. Thank you!
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