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Interior Department’s Latest Transfer to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund Brings Total to Almost $20 Million

THU, JULY 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

As the White House Tribal Youth Summit commences in Washington, Interior today announced that an additional $2 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total amount contributed so far to $19.5 million. Read More >


Buy-Back Program Exceeds $500 Million Paid to Landowners for Voluntary Consolidation of Fractional Interests

THU, JUNE 25, 2015, 03:14 PM EST

The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing individual landowners at fair market value. Read More >


Interior Offers $230 Million for Fractional Land Interests on Tracts with Improvements at Fort Belknap and Fort Peck

MON, JUNE 8, 2015, 11:23 AM EST

Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor today announced that more than $230 million in purchase offers have been sent to nearly 12,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian Reservations in Montana. Read More >


Osage Nation Becomes 20th Tribe to Partner with Interior to Implement the Land Buy-Back Program

THU, MAY 28, 2015, 09:14 AM EST

Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor announced today that the Department has signed a cooperative agreement with the Osage Nation to implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read More >


Interior Department Sends 150 Million in Purchase Offers to 6,500 Landowners with Fractional Interests at Cheyenne River

THU, MAY 7, 2015, 02:55 PM EST

Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor today announced that almost $150 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 6,500 landowners with fractional interests at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Read More >


Interior Department, Navajo Nation Partner to Implement Land Buy-Back Program

MON, APRIL 20, 2015, 02:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor announced today that the Department has entered a cooperative agreement with the Navajo Nation to further implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Read More >


Almost $200 Million in Purchase Offers Mailed to Landowners with Fractional Interests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation

MON, APRIL 6, 2015, 04:03 PM EST

The Department of the Interior today announced that its Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has sent $195 million in purchase offers to more than 16,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Read More >


Interior Makes Largest Transfer to Date to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

THU, APRIL 2, 2015, 01:05 PM EST

The Department of the Interior today announced it has transferred more than $12 million to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total amount transferred so far to $17 million. Read More >


Interior Hosts Land Buy-Back Program 2015 Listening Session

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015, 01:46 PM EST

More than 150 tribal leaders and individual landowners joined Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn at the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations 2015 Listening Session. Read More >