Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement. The Settlement provided for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund) to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian Country.
There are approximately 150 unique reservations that have fractional interests. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to receive payments for voluntarily selling their land. All interests sold are restored to tribes, which helps to keep Indian lands in trust for tribal communities.
The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at three reservations: Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Makah. The Program plans to mail additional offers to landowners at these reservations in Spring 2014.
If you own land interests and wish to register as a willing seller or learn more about the Program, please visit our web page dedicated to landowners or contact:
1 (888) 678-6836
The Department is also working with additional reservations and has announced that it is currently soliciting letters of interest or applications for tribes with jurisdiction over the vast majority of fractionated trust lands.
Please continue to check this website for information about when the Program will be active at your location.
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