Albuquerque, New Mexico landscape with mountains

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. Consolidated interests are immediately restored to tribal trust ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members. 

**Detailed frequently asked questions reflect the most up-to-date information about the Program**

Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior announced a revised strategy for the consolidation of fractional land interests through the Buy-Back Program on July 31, 2017. The strategy includes a revised schedule for implementation, as well as new opportunities for tribal governments to use the Program’s tools and systems to facilitate their own land consolidation initiatives.

Deadline Approaching -- Owners Must Respond Soon!
Offers are currently outstanding for landowners with fractional land interests at: 

  • Yakama Nation -- October 17, 2017
  • Cheyenne & Arapaho -- October 24, 2017
  • Spirit Lake -- December 4, 2017

Landowners can contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 888-678-6836 or visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) to update their contact information, ask questions about their land or purchase offers, and learn about financial planning resources. More information can be found in the Landowners section to help individuals make informed decisions about their land. 

Red Mountain -- and a cactus
The Buy-Back Program has purchased land to place into trust for tribes at the following reservations:
A Buy-back program meeting
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