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. 

Offer Deadlines Approaching

  • Umatilla Indian Reservation -- March 30, 2015 and April 13, 2015
  • Salt River Reservation in Arizona -- March 31, 2015
  • Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- April 20, 2015
  • Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota -- May 16, 2015

Current Status

The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at the following reservations (click on the image below):

Current Sales Data

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:

+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

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More Than $100 Million Available as Land Buy-Back Program Deadlines Approach for Thousands of Indian Landowners

MON, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 04:22 PM EST

More than 10,000 owners of fractional interests in trust or restricted land in Indian Country are facing fast approaching deadlines for $100 million in purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read More >

Two Additional Tribal Nations Sign Cooperative Agreements with Interior to Reduce Land Fractionation in Indian Country

FRI, JANUARY 30, 2015, 01:35 PM EST

In the latest step of the Interior Department’s work to strengthen tribal sovereignty across Indian Country, Interior today announced two additional agreements have been signed with tribal nations to guide implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program. Read More >

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 >