About 243,000 landowners hold nearly three million fractional interests across Indian Country. The Buy-Back Program has identified 105 locations where land consolidation activities – such as planning, outreach, mapping, mineral evaluations, appraisals or acquisitions – have either already occurred or are expected to take place through the middle of 2021. The following schedule reflects the vast majority of the total landowners and fractionated land across Program-eligible locations, representing more than 96 percent of all landowners; and more than 98 percent of both purchasable fractional interests and equivalent acres:
Because effective planning and coordination take many months, it is critical to begin the process to educate landowners, identify tribal priorities, and build cooperative working relationships. A Program representative will contact each Tribe as planning for implementation begins at each location.
Decisions about where to further schedule implementation were based on a number of factors that were developed through months of government-to-government consultations, including: severity of fractionation; degree of ownership-overlap between reservations; appraisal complexity; tribal readiness and interest; number of owners who have demonstrated an interest in selling fractional interests; and cost and time efficiency.
The Buy-Back Program continues to re-allocate unused land purchase funds to scheduled locations. This will help the Program determine if remaining resources exist, and where they might be utilized at additional locations or locations where purchase offers have already been sent. Interested landowners at locations not scheduled for implementation, or on locations where offers have already been extended, are encouraged to call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 888-678-6836 to indicate that they are a willing seller and/or to update contact information. Registering as a willing seller does not commit you to selling your land, nor does it guarantee an offer will be extended; it merely identifies interest to help advance planning. The Program will reevaluate its resources and progress by November 2018 to determine if additional locations can be added to the schedule.