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Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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5/25/2016
As momentum continues with the success of Interior Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced today that the Department has signed agreements with three additional tribes to guide implementation – the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation in Washington state.
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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5/17/2016
Following extensive outreach with tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor today announced an expanded schedule for implementing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program) at 63 additional locations from 2018 through mid-2021.
Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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5/9/2016

U.S. Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor today announced that 900 landowners with fractional interests at the Round ValleyIndian Reservation in California will receive nearly $6 million in purchase offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Recipients have 45 days – until June 24, 2016 – to return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided. 

Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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5/3/2016
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today traveled to the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana with U.S. Senator Jon Tester for a signing ceremony commemorating a new agreement with the Blackfeet Nation to implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).
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4/25/2016

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 within 10 years. 

Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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4/21/2016
Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced today that the Department of the Interior has signed agreements with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation in California, Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to conduct the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) in their communities.
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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4/13/2016
The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $4.8 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), bringing the total amount contributed so far to almost $39 million.
Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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3/14/2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor today announced that nearly $3.8 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 3,200 landowners with fractional interests at the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Interested sellers have 45 days – until May 2, 2016 – to return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided. 

Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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3/7/2016

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) hosted more than 500 tribal leaders and landowners at its third Listening Session on March 3, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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1/6/2016
With its newest contribution, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it has transferred $4 million to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total transferred funds to nearly $35 million.
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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12/16/2015
Continuing President Obama’s commitment to strengthen tribal sovereignty, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced today that the Department has signed agreements with the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation in California and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota to implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).
Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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12/8/2015
U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor will host a listening session on March 3, 2016, at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to hear directly from tribal leaders and individual landowners on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Deputy Secretary Connor will be joined by Special Trustee for American Indians Vince Logan.
Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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11/17/2015

Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor today announced that more than $4 million in purchase offers have been sent to nearly 900 landowners with fractional interests at the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington state as part of the Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) 

Cobell / Land buyback, External News
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11/4/2015
The Department of the Interior today released the 2015 Status Report for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program), which summarizes its implementation to date and significant economic impact in Indian Country. Since 2013, the Buy-Back Program has paid nearly $715 million to landowners and restored the equivalent of approximately 1.5 million acres of land to tribal governments.
Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
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10/27/2015

Deputy Secretary Michael Connor today announced that more than $3.8 million in purchase offers have been sent to nearly 200 landowners with fractional interests at the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington state. Interested sellers have 45 days – until December 11, 2015 – to return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided. 

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