United States - 2021
To Native American tribes, property rights are a foreign concept: the land is not to be owned, it is to be cared for. But the realities of modern life mean they have to work within a system, not of their making. From 1877 to 1934, under a range of laws and reneged-upon treaties, the U.S. government appropriated tens of millions of acres of Native American land. In recent years there has been a growing movement known as “land back” to reclaim their lands. In some cases that has meant tribes are choosing to buy it back on the open market.