Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

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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
  • Quapaw
  • Crow
  • Lake Traverse
  • Squaxin Island

Offer Deadlines Approaching

  • Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho -- February 2, 2015
  • Salt River Reservation in Arizona -- March 6, 2015
  • Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation -- March 7, 2015

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.

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:

The Trust Beneficiary Call Center: 

+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.

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Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program Sends $20 Million in Purchase Offers to Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

FRI, JANUARY 16, 2015, 06:06 PM EST

Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program Sends $20 Million in Purchase Offers to Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Read More >

Interior Signs Agreements with Two Tribal Nations in Washington State to Reduce Land Ownership Fractionation in Indian Country

TUE, JANUARY 13, 2015, 06:15 PM EST

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today announced that the Department has signed two additional agreements with tribal nations in Washington State through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Read More >

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

THU, JANUARY 8, 2015, 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 >