Announcements



Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program Sends $20 Million in Purchase Offers to Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

FRI, JANUARY 16, 2015, 06:06 PM EST

Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program Sends $20 Million in Purchase Offers to Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Read More >


Interior Signs Agreements with Two Tribal Nations in Washington State to Reduce Land Ownership Fractionation in Indian Country

TUE, JANUARY 13, 2015, 06:15 PM EST

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today announced that the Department has signed two additional agreements with tribal nations in Washington State through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Read More >


UPDATE Federal Register Notice: Interior Updating Systems of Records Notices to Facilitate Information Sharing with Tribes Implementing the Land Buy-Back Program

THU, JANUARY 8, 2015, 12:27 PM EST

In a Federal Register notice published today, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced that it is updating the existing system of record notices (SORNs). Read More >


Interior Wraps Year with Total Transfer of $5 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund as a Result of Land Buy-Back Program

TUE, DECEMBER 30, 2014, 11:58 AM EST

The Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training. Read More >


Interior Sends $9 million in Purchase Offers to Indian Landowners with Fractional Interests at Coeur d’Alene Reservation

WED, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 03:39 PM EST

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor announced that nearly $9 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 400 landowners with fractional interests at the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho. Read More >


Interior Sends Nearly $1.5 Million in Purchase Offers to Landowners with Fractional Interests at Squaxin Island Indian Reservation

WED, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 04:00 PM EST

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor today announced that nearly $1.5 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 600 landowners with fractional interests at the Squaxin Island Indian Reservation in Washington through the Land Buy-Back Program. Read More >


Op-Ed: Making Strides to Restore Native American Homelands

THU, DECEMBER 4, 2014, 03:15 PM EST

As President Obama hosted the 6th Annual Tribal Nations Conference this week, the Administration capped a year of continued progress in strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country. Read More >


Deputy Secretary Connor Outlines Accomplishments, Next Tribal Locations for $1.9 Billion Land Buy-Back Program

THU, NOVEMBER 20, 2014, 03:17 PM EST

Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) has paid more than $225 million to individual American Indians for restoring the equivalent of 375,000 acres to tribal governments during the Program’s first year of sending offers. Read More >


NOTICE: Information for Landowners with Fractional Interests Wishing to Participate in the Land Buy-Back Program

THU, NOVEMBER 6, 2014, 09:39 AM EST

For landowners who wish to sell their interests, a new step-by-step video is now available to help assist people with identifying critical information included in their Offer Package and completing the necessary forms. Read More >


Nearly 2,800 Landowners with Fractional Interests at Lake Traverse Indian Reservation Receive $63.5 Million in Purchase Offers through Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program

FRI, OCTOBER 10, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

Building off of sustained momentum from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary Mike Connor today announced that purchase offers worth more than $63.5 million Read More >