Tribal collaboration plays a significant role in the success of the Buy-Back Program’s land consolidation activities. Tribes have the opportunity to actively participate in the process by partnering with the Program to conduct activities such as landowner outreach. Tribes are encouraged to become involved in the Program through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) if desired. Previously, the Program also used cooperative agreements to formally partner with Tribes. See the Program’s FAQs on Engagement with Tribal Nations for more information.
MOAs may be used whenever there is an agreement to exchange information or coordinate programs. They are used to optimize the benefits of each party's efforts. Each party is responsible for contributing its own effort. Resources, such as funds, are not exchanged.
It is important to note that Tribes are not required to enter into agreements to participate in the Program. However, MOAs do facilitate information sharing between the Program and Tribes, and the Program is unable to share certain data products with Tribes in the absence of an agreement.