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
  • Flathead

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.

  • Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation: October 17, 2014
  • Flathead Indian Reservation: October 24, 2014
  • Umatilla Indian Reservation: October 31, 2014
  • 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:

The Trust Beneficiary Call Center: 

+1 (888) 678-6836

PLEASE NOTE: While the Buy-Back Program is separate from the management of individual payments from the Cobell Settlement, which is being handled by the Garden City Group, the programs do share the same Call Center. As the Cobell Stage 2 payments are processed, the TBCC is expecting an unusually long delay in responding to calls. If landowners have a pending offer or question about the Buy-Back Program, they are encouraged to 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 Below is staff contact information for the locations with pending offers:

  • Gila River Indian Reservation: +1 (520) 562-9776
  • Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation: +1 (406) 477-4877
  • Flathead Indian Reservation: +1 (888) 835-8766, ext. 2758 (toll free)
  • Umatilla Indian Reservation: +1 (855) 359-7434 (toll free)

Upcoming Events

10/15/2014 - Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation Outreach Event

10/15/2014 - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Outreach Event - Day 1

10/16/2014 - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Outreach Event - Day 2

10/16/2014 - Northern Cheyenne Outreach Event

10/20/2014 - Squaxin Island Outreach Event


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Nearly 2,800 Landowners with Fractional Interests at Lake Traverse Indian Reservation Receive $63.5 Million in Purchase Offers through Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program

FRI, OCTOBER 10, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

Building off of sustained momentum from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary Mike Connor today announced that purchase offers worth more than $63.5 million Read More >

Interior Sends More than $298 Million in Purchase Offers to 4,000 Landowners with Fractional Interests at Crow Reservation in Montana

MON, OCTOBER 6, 2014, 04:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON, DC – Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor today announced that the Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) has sent purchase offers worth more than $298 million to nearly 4,000 landowners Read More >

Interior Transfers Another $1 Million from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $1 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total transferred in 2014 to more than $4.5 million. Read More >