LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTIONS AND BASIC MATH



Course Objective: To provide basic training essential to employment in the field of Federal Indian Lands, as it relates to land descriptions, surveys, map-reading, boundaries and basic math.

  • SURVEYS AND LAND DESCRIPTIONS
  • Role and Importance
  • General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Definitions
  • Land Description
  • Legal Description
  • Sufficient Description
  • Methods of Describing Land
  • Public/Rectangular Land Survey (Aliquot Part)
  • True Metes and Bounds
  • Quasi Metes and Bounds
  • Recorded Subdivision
  • Rectangular Surveys
  • Brief History
  • Definition of Cadastral Surveys
  • Prime/Principal Meridian & Base Line
  • Townships and Ranges
  • Sections
  • Riparian Considerations
  • True Metes and Bounds
  • Brief History
  • Using the Protractor and Scale
  • Quasi Metes and Bounds
  • Strip Descriptions
  • “Of” Descriptions
  • “More or Less”
  • Recorded Subdivisions
  • Townsites
  • Housing Subdivisions
  • Industrial Parks
  • MAPS AND MAP-READING
  • GLO/BLM Survey Plats
  • Reservation Boundary Maps
  • County Plat Books
  • BIA Road Atlas Maps
  • USGS Quads/Topographical Maps
  • Aerial Photographs and Use of the Stereoscope
  • Maps as Title Documents
  • Subdivision Plats
  • Rights of Way
  • Dedications
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Computing/Measuring Acreage
  • Dot Grids
  • The Planimeter
  • BOUNDARIES AND BOUNDARY DISPUTES
  • Conducting Research
  • Identifying and Describing Problems
  • Problem Resolution
  • Administrative
  • Legislative
  • Judicial
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FIELD WORK
  • Using a Tape and Compass
  • Locating Property from Land Descriptions
  • Running a Basic Traverse
  • Natural vs. Artificial Monuments
  • Locating Corners and Property Lines
  • Risks and Responsibilities
  • Conveyances and/or Partition by Deed
  • Wills
  • Leases
  • Land Assignments/Possessory Interest Holdings
  • BASIC MATH RELATING TO INDIAN LANDS
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Conversion Methods