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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 the following reservations:
  • Pine Ridge
  • Rosebud
  • Makah
  • Fort Belknap
  • Gila River
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Flathead
  • Umatilla

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.

  • Crow Reservation: November 21, 2014
  • Lake Traverse Reservation: November 24, 2014

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

If landowners have a pending offer or question about the Buy-Back Program, they can also contact the reservation's tribal staff, visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office, or find more information at

Upcoming Events

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Deputy Secretary Connor Outlines Accomplishments, Next Tribal Locations for $1.9 Billion Land Buy-Back Program

THU, NOVEMBER 20, 2014, 03:17 PM EST

Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) has paid more than $225 million to individual American Indians for restoring the equivalent of 375,000 acres to tribal governments during the Program’s first year of sending offers. Read More >

Federal Register Notice: Interior Updating Systems of Records Notices to Facilitate Information Sharing with Tribes Implementing the Land Buy-Back Program

FRI, NOVEMBER 14, 2014, 12:27 PM EST

In a Federal Register notice published today, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced that it is updating the existing system of record notices (SORNs). Read More >

NOTICE: Information for Landowners with Fractional Interests Wishing to Participate in the Land Buy-Back Program

THU, NOVEMBER 6, 2014, 09:39 AM EST

For landowners who wish to sell their interests, a new step-by-step video is now available to help assist people with identifying critical information included in their Offer Package and completing the necessary forms. Read More >