Indian title – a right of occupancy, constituting possession rather than ownership, that the federal government grants to an American Indian tribe based on the tribe’s immemorial possession of the area

Indian title:

(18c) A right of occupancy that the federal government grants to an American Indian tribe based on the tribe’s immemorial possession of the area.  *  Congress does not recognize tribal ownership of the land, only possession.  A tribe or nation must actually, exclusively, and continuously use the property to establish that it is the ancestral home.  An individual may claim Indian title by showing that the individual or his or her lineal ancestors continuously occupied a parcel of land, as individuals, before the land was closed to settlers. — aka aboriginal title; right of occupancy.

aboriginal title:

“(18c) 1. Land ownership, or a claim of land ownership, by an indigenous people in a place that has been colonized. — aka native title.

References:

[1]: All definitions, unless otherwise specified, from Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4 

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