Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
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 the following reservations:
- Pine Ridge
- Fort Belknap
- Gila River
- Northern Cheyenne
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 http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram/landowners/index.cfm.
- 12/08/2014 - 2nd SWO Cobell Land Buy Back Regional
Deputy Secretary Connor Outlines Accomplishments, Next Tribal Locations for $1.9 Billion Land Buy-Back ProgramTHU, 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 ProgramFRI, 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 ProgramTHU, 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 >