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Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations




The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement. The Settlement provided for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund) to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian Country.There are approximately 150 unique reservations that have fractional interests. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to receive payments for voluntarily selling their land. All interests sold are restored to tribes, which helps to keep Indian lands in trust for tribal communities. 

Seeking Written Comments

The Buy-Back Program is committed to continuous consultations throughout the life of the Program. On March 3, 2015, the Program published a Federal Register Notice to receive feedback from tribes and individuals on critical issues related to the Program as well as the 2014 Status Report. Written comments must be received by April 20, 2015, and may be emailed to buybackprogram@ios.doi.gov.

Offer Deadlines Approaching

  • Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- April 20, 2015
  • Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota -- May 16, 2015
  • Standing Rock Indian Reservation -- June 1, 2015

Current Status

The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at the following reservations (click on the image below):

Current Sales Data

Purchase offers are valid for 45 calendar days from the date of the Cover Letter that is included in the Offer package provided to owners.

If you own land interests and wish to learn more about the Program or register as a willing seller, please visit our landowners' web page or contact:

The Trust Beneficiary Call Center:
+1 (888) 678-6836

If landowners have a pending offer or question about the Buy-Back Program, they can also contact the reservation's tribal staff, visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office.

For more information, visit http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram/landowners/index.cfm


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Interior Department, Navajo Nation Partner to Implement Land Buy-Back Program

MON, APRIL 20, 2015, 02:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor announced today that the Department has entered a cooperative agreement with the Navajo Nation to further implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Read More >


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THU, APRIL 2, 2015, 01:05 PM EST

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MON, MARCH 9, 2015, 11:52 AM EST

U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation in Washington State has signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read More >