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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. 

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Current Status


The Buy-Back Program has currently purchased land to place into trust for tribes at the following reservations:
  • Pine Ridge
  • Rosebud
  • Makah
  • Fort Belknap
  • Gila River
  • Flathead

Offer Deadlines Approaching

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.

  • Gila River Indian Reservation: October 10, 2014
  • Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation: October 17, 2014
  • Flathead Indian Reservation: October 24, 2014
  • Umatilla Indian Reservation: October 31, 2014

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:

+1 (888) 678-6836

PLEASE NOTE: While the Buy-Back Program is separate from the management of individual payments from the Cobell Settlement, which is being handled by the Garden City Group, the programs do share the same Call Center. As the Cobell Stage 2 payments are processed, the TBCC is expecting an unusually long delay in responding to calls. If landowners have a pending offer or question about the Buy-Back Program, they are encouraged to 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, or find more information at http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram/landowners/index.cfm. Below is staff contact information for the locations with pending offers:

  • Gila River Indian Reservation: +1 (520) 562-9776
  • Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation: +1 (406) 477-4877
  • Flathead Indian Reservation: +1 (888) 835-8766, ext. 2758 (toll free)
  • Umatilla Indian Reservation: +1 (855) 359-7434 (toll free)

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WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

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