A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
March 19, 2015 in Laveen, AZ, the Office of the Secretary held a listening session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The purpose of the session was to meet with Indian tribes to receive feedback on critical issues related to the Program as well as the 2014 Status Report.
This Mid-Year National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Conference presentation offers a summary of the Buy-Back Program. This presentation provides a quick way to gain an understanding of the Program and its mission. The 2013 NCAI Conference took place in Reno, NV from June 24 to 27.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Webinars
In October 2013, the Buy-Back Program took part in a series of NCAI-hosted webinars to explore the Program's appraisal and acquisition processes. Part One of the series examined the Buy-Back Program's Land Valuation process, covering topics such as how property value is determined on fractionated lands and how those appraisals will be conducted. Part Two focused on the Acquisition Phase of the Buy-Back Program, addressing how the Program will prepare and distribute offers to potential sellers, and what the next steps are when the offer packet arrives in the mail.