Albuquerque, New Mexico landscape with mountains

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations 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. 

There are approximately 243,000 owners of nearly three million fractional interests across Indian Country who are eligible to participate in the Buy-Back Program. The Program has identified 105 locations where implementation will occur through mid-2021. This schedule includes more than 96 percent of all landowners with fractionated interests and more than 98 percent of both purchasable fractional interests and equivalent acres in Program-eligible areas. 

The Program released its 2016 Status Report in November 2016, which summarizes its implementation to date and significant economic impact in Indian Country. 

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

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

  • Gila River -- May 4, 2017
  • Yakama -- June 19, 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 on the Landowners page 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:
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