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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.

Pine Ridge Reservation: May 2, 2014 (click here for more information)

Makah Reservation: May 30, 2014 (click here 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 web page dedicated to landowners or contact:

1 (888) 678-6836



Upcoming Events

Pine Ridge Pow Wow - December 2013The 31st Annual Gathering of Nations: The Gathering of Nations is North America’s biggest Pow Wow. It was founded to promote Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture and tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people. This year's event is scheduled for April 24 - 26, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM...

Makah Landowner Outreach Sessions: Outreach meetings providing information about the Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and assistance in filling out purchase offer packages for Makah allotments will be held in the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound areas April 28-May 1, 2014... 

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Deadline Approaching for Landowners with Fractionated Interests at Pine Ridge Reservation

FRI, APRIL 18, 2014, 10:57 AM EST

The Department of the Interior has sent purchase offers totalling more than $100 million to nearly 16,000 landowners with fractionated interests at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Read More >


Buy-Back Program Launches Public Service Announcements with Tribal Leaders to Inform Landowners of Opportunity to Sell Fractionated Interests

FRI, APRIL 18, 2014, 10:57 AM EST

The Department of the Interior has sent purchase offers totalling more than $100 million to nearly 16,000 landowners with fractionated interests at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Read More >


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 >