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Interior Announces Next Cooperative Agreements Under Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations


January 30, 2014

As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen Native American communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, both located in Montana, for continued collaborative implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) on their reservations. The Buy-Back Program will purchase trust or restricted interests from willing sellers and transfer those interests to the tribes in order to unlock lands for tribal development and other priorities.


  • The Secretary announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
    Secretary Jewell at the podium
  • “Our tribal government has long been a leader in restoring our native home lands. This opportunity continues the vision of our elders and past leaders,” said Chairman Trahan. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
    Trahan at podium
  • “This is another important step in carrying out a vital program to strengthen tribal sovereignty by supporting the beneficial consolidation of tribal lands,” said Assistant Secretary Washburn, as Secretary Jewell and Chairman Trahan signed the agreements. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
    Jewell and Trahan shaking hands
  • Secretary Jewell, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Chairman Trahan of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Solicitor Tompkins, and other officials gathered for a group picture after the signing. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
    Group photo
  • Secretary Jewell at the podium
  • Trahan at podium
  • Jewell and Trahan shaking hands
  • Group photo