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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 >


Lummi Nation Partners with Department of the Interior in Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

MON, MARCH 9, 2015, 11:52 AM EST

U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation in Washington State has signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read More >


More Than $100 Million Available as Land Buy-Back Program Deadlines Approach for Thousands of Indian Landowners

MON, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 04:22 PM EST

More than 10,000 owners of fractional interests in trust or restricted land in Indian Country are facing fast approaching deadlines for $100 million in purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read More >