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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. 

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Current Status

The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at three reservations:

  • Pine Ridge
  • Rosebud
  • Makah

Offer Deadlines Approaching

Purchase offers are valid for 45 calendar days from the date of the Cover Letter that is included in the Offer package provided to owners.

Fort Belknap Indian Community: August 29, 2014
Please see our Fort Belknap Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

Rosebud Reservation: August 16, 2014


Pine Ridge Reservation: July 21, 2014 (extended from May 2, 2014)
Please see our Pine Ridge Extension Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

If you own land interests and wish to learn more about the Program or register as a willing seller, please visit our landowners' web page or contact:

1 (888) 678-6836



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WED, JULY 16, 2014, 11:57 AM EST

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