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Native Americans, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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3/26/2018

The Department of the Interior announced today that nearly 700 landowners with fractional interests at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).

Office of the Secretary, Native Americans, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
The Umatilla Indian Reservation. Photo by Pat Hall-Walters, Walters Photography.
3/1/2018

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs John Tahsuda announced today that the Department of the Interior has signed an agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to guide implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Native Americans, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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10/17/2017

Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs John Tahsuda today announced that the Department has signed an agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon to guide implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).

Native Americans, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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10/3/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that 5,041 landowners with fractional interests at the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).

Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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8/25/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly 3,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes location in Oklahoma have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).

Native Americans, Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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7/31/2017
Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior today announced a revised strategy for the consolidation of fractional land interests through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program).
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, California, Idaho, Press Release
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6/26/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that more than 1,600 landowners with fractional interests at the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho, as well as the Pechanga and Rincon Indian Reservations in California, have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
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6/6/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly 600 landowners with fractional interests at the Pala and Sycuan Indian Reservations in California have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Landowners have 45 days to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Nebraska, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
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5/22/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that more than 5,100 landowners with fractional interests at the Omaha and Winnebago Indian Reservations in Nebraska have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust from willing sellers at fair market value

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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4/24/2017

The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly 3,600 landowners with fractional interests at the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). 

Washington, Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Native Americans, Press Release
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4/12/2017

In a Federal Register notice published today, the Department of the Interior announced it will host its fourth annual Listening Session on April 25, 2017, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA, to hear directly from tribal leaders and individual landowners on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). 

Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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4/11/2017
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the Department has made its final transfer to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total amount to $60 million to be made available to help unlock the doors to advanced technical training and higher education for Native youth.
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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1/11/2017
The Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $7.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), bringing the total amount contributed so far to more than $47 million. The Scholarship Fund – funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) and authorized by the Cobell Settlement – provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training.
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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1/10/2017
In just three years, Buy-Back Program payments to interested landowners have exceeded $1 billion, and we’ve secured the potential for tribes to manage more than 11,000 tracts of land.
Cobell / Land buyback, Native Americans, External News
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1/5/2017
As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s nationwide tour to highlight the progress that has been made in the last eight years to restore the nation-to-nation relationship with Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor joined leaders of the Navajo Nation today to announce that sales from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) have exceeded $1 billion.
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