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The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band and the Scyuan Band will help educate landowners about the Cobell buy-back effort.
Offers went out to more than 5,100 landowners on the reservation in Washington.
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.
The land consolidation fund is set to run out of money in the middle of the forthcoming Trump presidential administration.
With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.
Offers went out to nearly 3,000 landowners on the Wisconsin reservation.
About 7,000 landowners are seeing offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Offers went out to nearly 4,000 landowners on the reservation in South Dakota.
So far more than 44,000 individual Indian landowners have been paid nearly $883.8 million through the program.
More than 1,500 landowners received offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and they have until October 6 to accept.
A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.
Tribes supported H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, because it promises dramatic changes to the federal government's trust management structure.
Landowners from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Quinault Nation are the latest to see offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Additional offers are going out later this month so the total dollar value will be increasing.
The Bad River Band in Wisconsin, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Yakama Nation in Washington will educate landowners about the effort.
The effort has been so successful that it is due to run out of money before a 10-year deadline imposed by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell case.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $742.3 million into the hands of individual Indians as it restores fractionated interests to tribal governments.
Recipients have 45 days – until June 24 -- to decide whether they will sell their fractionated interests.
The Interior Department is promising to increase the Oregon tribe's role at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, its ancestral home.
The decision came after a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to take action withing 24 hours of a court hearing.
The agency that was charged with overseeing trust reform efforts at the Interior Department is welcoming beneficiaries from the Washington, D.C., and Mid-Atlantic area.
More than 3,200 landowners received offers to sell their fractional interests on the reservation.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $736 million into the hands of individual Indians.
The budget includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $140.4 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and $217 million for Indian Country water programs at the Bureau of Reclamation.
The Round Valley Indian Tribes of California and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota are the latest to join the effort
The session will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 3, 2016.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put nearly $721 million in the hands of individual Indians over the last two years.
The Cabazon Band, the Fond du Lac Band, the Ponca Tribe, the Quinault Nation and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are joining the effort.
This week, the Department of the Interior hit a significant milestone, paying more than $500 million to approximately 30,000 individual landowners through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Lawmakers and witnesses stressed the need for tribal, state and federal parties to work together to resolve long-standing water rights claims.
Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who has worked on several tribal settlements, is on the witness list.
More than 1,500 landowners have until June 8 to decide whether they want to accept the money in exchange for their fractional interests.
The tribe is hosting four meetings next week to help landowners decide whether they want to sell their fractional interests.
The tribe is home to the second-most highly fractionated reservation in the nation.
The tribe will work with the Interior Department to identify fractionated interests on the reservation.
The meeting takes place March 19 on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.
Tribal leaders will hear from top Obama administration officials and key members of Congress.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas are the latest to join the land consolidation program.
The Squaxin Island Tribe and the Swinomish Tribe will facilitate outreach and education.
Offers were sent to more than 400 landowners. The deadline to accept is February 2, 2015.
Offers were made to more than 600 landowners as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
An update on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Michael Connor, the second-highest ranking official at DOI, discusses the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
After a year, the program is seeing an improvement in acceptance rates and will be expanding to more reservations.
Some $225 million in transactions have been concluded since the effort started a year ago.
Responses to the offers are due by November 21.
Responses are due October 10, the Interior Department said in a press release.
The offers went out to more than 4,000 landowners on the Gila River Indian Community and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
The starting figure for discussions is about $500,000, a top Interior Department official said.
Indian beneficiaries are still waiting on the final payment from the $3.4 million settlement.
The reservation is the second-most fractionated in Indian Country.
The Crow Tribe, the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Fort Peck Tribes are the latest to sign agreements.
Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Umatilla Tribes and Gila River Tribes are latest to sign agreements.
Deputy Secretary Michael Connor will lead the session in Portland, Oregon.
So far, Indian landowners have accepted $61.2 million for their fractionated interests.
So far, more than $100 million in offers have been extended as part of a land consolidation program.
Mike Connor, the second-highest ranking official at the Interior Department, will be hosting a special Earth Day webchat this afternoon.