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).
Secretary Sally Jewell and Chairman Ronald Trahan of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Photo credit: Tami A. Heilemann
The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) to implement the land consolidation aspects of the Cobell Settlement Agreement. The Program plans to work closely with the tribes to efficiently and effectively achieve tribal land consolidation goals. It is critical that the Buy-Back Program and tribal leaders work together to ensure that landowners are made aware of the opportunity to sell their interests for the benefit of tribal communities.
DOI is committed to a transparent process that provides the most opportunity for tribal government involvement and ongoing consultation with Indian Country. The implementation of the Buy-Back Program will best succeed with the active involvement and commitment of tribal communities.
Cooperative agreements provide a flexible mechanism for tribal involvement in the Buy-Back Program. These agreements define each tribe's role in implementing the Buy-Back Program on its reservation. The links in this section provide detailed information about the cooperative agreement application process, list actions tribes can take to prepare for the Program, and include sample outreach materials that can be used during implementation of the Buy-Back Program.
"I appreciate how important [the Program] is to all of you ... this will be something that will ultimately strengthen tribal communities and we will be working very hard to make sure that all the money is spent in the time frame that we are given to support you."
– Secretary Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior –