Media Announcements

Interior Sends Additional $1.2 Million in Purchase Offers to Nearly 600 Landowners with Fractional Interests at Makah Reservation

TUE, APRIL 15, 2014, 10:35 AM EST

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Land Buy-Back Program has sent additional purchase offers totaling approximately $1.2 million to nearly 600 individual landowners with fractional interests in parcels at the Makah Reservation. Read More >

Land Buy-Back Program: Important Facts for Landowners

WED, APRIL 2, 2014, 09:13 AM EST

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Larry Roberts takes a moment to highlight some important facts about the Land Buy-Back Program to help landowners make informed decisions about their participation. Read More >

Interior Signs Cooperative Agreement with Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate as Next Step in Land Buy-Back Program

TUE, APRIL 8, 2014, 02:04 PM EST

As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen Native American communities, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the latest step in the implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Read More >

Interior Announces First Transfer from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Fund

WED, APRIL 2, 2014, 12:22 PM EST

The Department of the Interior today announced that quarterly transfers of funds to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund are set to begin this week with a first transfer of nearly $580,000 to the American Indian College Fund. Read More >

Interior Announces More Than $100 Million in Purchase Offers to Nearly 16,000 Landowners with Fractionated Interests at Pine Ridge Reservation

WED, MARCH 19, 2014, 10:50 AM EST

In another step to fulfill President Obama’s commitment to strengthen Indian communities, the U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has sent purchase offers to nearly 16,000 individual landowners Read More >

Interior Announces Next Cooperative Agreements Under Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

THU, JANUARY 30, 2014, 12:03 PM EST

Secretary Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Washburn announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, both located in Montana Read More >

Secretary Jewell Announces Board of Trustee Selections for Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

WED, JANUARY 15, 2014, 11:45 AM EST

Secretary Jewell today announced her selection of Dr. Jean O’Brien of the University of Minnesota, and Pamela Agoyo, of the University of New Mexico, to serve as the Secretary’s appointees to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund Read More >


FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 10:06 AM EST

Last year, the Department of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations to implement important land consolidation requirements set forth in the historic Cobell Settlement Agreement. Read More >

Interior Announces First Purchase Offers to Facilitate Cobell Land Consolidation Efforts

WED, DECEMBER 18, 2013, 02:15 PM EST

In a major step toward fully implementing the historic Cobell settlement, the Department of the Interior announced today that it has sent initial purchase offers to consolidate ownership of highly fractionated trust lands. Read More >

Interior, Oglala Sioux Tribe Announce First Cooperative Agreement to Facilitate Purchase of Fractionated Land under Cobell Settlement

MON, DECEMBER 9, 2013, 03:23 PM EST

The Department of the Interior today announced that it has finalized the first cooperative agreement to facilitate the purchase of individual interests in highly fractionated trust lands to consolidate ownership for tribes. Read More >