Title Insurance and Native American Lands: An Introduction

A significant portion of land in the United States is owned or controlled by American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages. These lands are frequently the subject of real estate transactions. When contemplating the insurability of title to this land, it is important to consider:

  • the tribe’s and federal government’s rights and responsibilities
  • the validity, priority, and enforceability of insured interests and liens
  • the power and authority of contracting parties and their representatives

These critical underwriting issues are addressed during this recording.