Michael L. Connor, the
Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
The Obama administration is holding a media call tomorrow to discuss the next steps for the Land Buy-Back
Program for Tribal Nations.
Deputy Secretary Michael Connor, the second-highest ranking official at the Interior Department, and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will participate in the call tomorrow afternoon. They will discuss the implementation plan from now through the end of calendar year 2015.
The $3.4 billion Cobell settlement authorized $1.9
billion for land consolidation. The program is entirely voluntary and any
interests that are acquired are returned to tribal governments.
So far, DOI has extended more than $100 million in offers to members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the
Members of Congress say the administration has moved too slowly and hasn't worked closely enough with more tribes to implement the program.
DOI extends $1.6M buyback
offers for Makah Nation landowners (05/09)
DOI to hold listening
session on Cobell land buy-back program (04/30)
DOI looks to spend $2.55M on
Makah Nation land buy-back (04/21)
Ten reservations account for
biggest share of Cobell buyback (04/17)
DOI extends $1.2M in offers
to Makah Reservation landowners (04/15)
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reach
agreement for Cobell buy-back (04/08)
Rep. Young open to an extension for Cobell buy-back
Audio from House
subcommittee hearing on Cobell land buyback (4/3)
Larry Roberts: Answers about the Cobell land
buy-back program (4/3)
transfer of nearly $580K into Cobell scholarship fund (4/2)
Members of Oglala Sioux Tribe respond to Cobell
buyback offers (3/28)
House subcommittee to hold
hearing on land buy-back program (03/24)
DOI land buy-back boosts
economy on Pine Ridge Reservation (03/19)
DOI announces $100M in land offers on Pine Ridge
for first Cobell land consolidation offers (1/27)