|Secretary Sally Jewell and Chairman Ronald Trahan of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Photo credit: Tami A. Heilemann|
DOI is committed to a transparent process that provides the most opportunity for tribal government involvement and ongoing consultation with Indian Country. The implementation of the Buy-Back Program will best succeed with the active involvement and commitment of tribal communities.
Cooperative agreements provide a flexible mechanism for tribal involvement in the Buy-Back Program. These agreements define each tribe’s role in implementing the Buy-Back Program on its reservation. The links in this section provide detailed information about the cooperative agreement application process, list actions tribes can take to prepare for the Program, and include sample outreach materials that can be used during implementation of the Buy-Back Program.