Color of Title Act

Color of Title Act

This act, 43 U.S.C. §1068, authorizes the secretary of the interior to issue a patent—original deed from the government—to a person who has occupied a certain area of land for at least 20 years with color of title,under circumstances that would otherwise constitute adverse possession if it were not for the rule prohibiting adverse possession against the government. The occupier is able to tack his or her possession on to that of his or her ancestor or grantor,in order to arrive at a cumulative time of 20 years or more.

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They have suggested that Texans can use the obscure federal Color of Title Act, a law meant to resolve confusion over public land that others believed was private, to buy back their land, potentially for a low price.
John Cornyn of Texas are pushing fixes that would require surveys of the entire disputed stretch, expand Color of Title Act provisions and prevent any contested lands from being included in the federal resource management plan.
About 18 months after the confusion first grabbed national headlines and sparked fiery comments from Texas leaders, some Red River residents are wondering whether they should follow Henderson's lead in reasserting their property rights - by filing a claim under the Color of Title Act, an obscure federal law meant to address these types of issues.
Meantime, said Paul McGuire, a spokesman, the bureau is encouraging landowners to use the 87-year-old Color of Title Act to secure the property.