The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) works 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.

The Department of the Interior 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.

Please explore this section for detailed information about the cooperative agreement application process, actions tribes can take to prepare for the Program, and sample outreach materials that can be used during implementation of the Buy-Back Program.

Program Scheduling

There are currently more than 40 locations where Program implementation will begin by the middle of 2017. In November 2015, the Program announced a Planning Initiative to assist in the development of its next implementation schedule for 2017 and beyond, with a submission deadline of March 11, 2016. The two-pronged Planning Initiative sought input from tribal governments and landowners who are interested in participating in the Program. 

The Program is now developing its next implementation schedule, which will be announced in mid-2016.