The Department held its 2017 Listening Session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) in Tulalip, WA. The purpose of the Listening Session was to gather feedback from tribal communities that may inform the decisions of new Departmental leadership as they take a fresh look at Program strategies. The participation and engagement of tribal nations and landowners has been critical to the success of the Buy-Back Program, and the significant results to date stem directly from that collaboration. In addition, attendees visited stations to ask questions and obtain tools like land reports in order to learn more about key aspects of the Program and make informed decisions.
2016 Listening Session
The Department held its 2016 Listening Session on the progress of the Buy-Back Program in Albuquerque, NM. The purpose of the session was to continue to hear directly from tribal communities about how the Program can best be implemented across Indian Country. In addition, attendees visited different stations to ask questions and learn more about key aspects of the Program, including the appraisal and acquisition process. Landowners were able to obtain land reports and other tools to help them make informed decisions about land, including financial education and planning.