Indian Country – all land within the borders of any Indian reservation together with the land occupied by any Indian community not on a reservation

Indian territory:

1. A former territory, now a part of the state of Oklahoma.  See Indian country. [1]

Indian country:

1. The land within the borders of all Indian reservations, together with the land occupied by an Indian community (whether or not located within a recognized reservation) & any land held in trust by the United States but beneficially owned by an Indian or tribe. [2]

1. The territory formerly held by Indians and to which their title remains unextinguished, also any tract of land, which, being a part of the public domain, is lawfully set apart as an Indian reservation, and also any Indian allotment, the title of which is held in trust by the government or which remains inalienable by the allottee without the consent of the United States.  27 Am J1st Indians § 45[1]

Also see:

Indian land – land owned by the United States but held in trust for & used by the American Indians.

Tribal Land – any part of an Indian reservation not allotted to or occupied by individual Indians but instead held in common by tribal members.


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[1]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6


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