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.
Seeking Written Comments
The Buy-Back Program is committed to continuous consultations throughout the life of the Program. On March 3, 2015, the Program published a Federal Register Notice to receive feedback from tribes and individuals on critical issues related to the Program as well as the 2014 Status Report. Written comments must be received by April 20, 2015, and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offer Deadlines Approaching
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- April 20, 2015
- Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota -- May 16, 2015
- Standing Rock Indian Reservation -- June 1, 2015
The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at the following reservations (click on the image below):
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.
For more information, visit http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram/landowners/index.cfm
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