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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
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Flathead
  • Umatilla
  • Quapaw
  • Crow
  • Lake Traverse

Offer Deadlines Approaching

  • Squaxin Island Indian Reservation in Washington – January 26, 2015
  • Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho – February 2, 2015

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:

+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, or find more information at http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram/landowners/index.cfm


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Interior Sends $9 million in Purchase Offers to Indian Landowners with Fractional Interests at Coeur d’Alene Reservation

WED, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 03:39 PM EST

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor announced that nearly $9 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 400 landowners with fractional interests at the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho. Read More >


Interior Sends Nearly $1.5 Million in Purchase Offers to Landowners with Fractional Interests at Squaxin Island Indian Reservation

WED, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 04:00 PM EST

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor today announced that nearly $1.5 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 600 landowners with fractional interests at the Squaxin Island Indian Reservation in Washington through the Land Buy-Back Program. Read More >


Op-Ed: Making Strides to Restore Native American Homelands

THU, DECEMBER 4, 2014, 03:15 PM EST

As President Obama hosted the 6th Annual Tribal Nations Conference this week, the Administration capped a year of continued progress in strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country. Read More >