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Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end
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Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (January 5, 2017)
The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.

Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program
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Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program (December 15, 2016)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band and the Scyuan Band will help educate landowners about the Cobell buy-back effort.

Landowners from Colville Tribes see $25M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners from Colville Tribes see $25M in Cobell buy-back offers (December 12, 2016)
Offers went out to more than 5,100 landowners on the reservation in Washington.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies
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Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (December 8, 2016)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.

Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers
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Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers (November 28, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.

Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes
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Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes (November 18, 2016)
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.

Landowners on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation see $40M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation see $40M in Cobell buy-back offers (November 9, 2016)
The land consolidation fund is set to run out of money in the middle of the forthcoming Trump presidential administration.

Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program (November 1, 2016)
With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.

Landowners from Bad River Band see $6.6M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners from Bad River Band see $6.6M in Cobell buy-back offers (October 26, 2016)
Offers went out to nearly 3,000 landowners on the Wisconsin reservation.

Landowners from Turtle Mountain Band see nearly $18M in Cobell offers
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Landowners from Turtle Mountain Band see nearly $18M in Cobell offers (October 11, 2016)
About 7,000 landowners are seeing offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Landowners from Lower Brule Sioux Tribe see $11M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners from Lower Brule Sioux Tribe see $11M in Cobell buy-back offers (September 22, 2016)
Offers went out to nearly 4,000 landowners on the reservation in South Dakota.

Three more tribes enter into Cobell land buy-back agreements
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Three more tribes enter into Cobell land buy-back agreements (September 8, 2016)
So far more than 44,000 individual Indian landowners have been paid nearly $883.8 million through the program.

Ponca Tribe landowners see $7M in offers through Cobell program
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Ponca Tribe landowners see $7M in offers through Cobell program (August 18, 2016)
More than 1,500 landowners received offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and they have until October 6 to accept.

Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks
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Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks (August 3, 2016)
A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.

Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law
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Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (July 22, 2016)
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 on two reservations see $70M from Cobell program
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Landowners on two reservations see $70M from Cobell program (July 14, 2016)
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.

Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program
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Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program (June 9, 2016)
Additional offers are going out later this month so the total dollar value will be increasing.

Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program
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Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program (May 25, 2016)
The Bad River Band in Wisconsin, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Yakama Nation in Washington will educate landowners about the effort.

Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline
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Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline (May 18, 2016)
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.

Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts
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Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts (May 17, 2016)
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.

Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation
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Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation (May 9, 2016)
Recipients have 45 days – until June 24 -- to decide whether they will sell their fractionated interests.

Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge
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Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge (March 22, 2016)
The Interior Department is promising to increase the Oregon tribe's role at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, its ancestral home.

DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in Montana
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DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in Montana (March 17, 2016)
The decision came after a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to take action withing 24 hours of a court hearing.

Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday
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Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday (March 16, 2016)
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.

Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back
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Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back (March 15, 2016)
More than 3,200 landowners received offers to sell their fractional interests on the reservation.

Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session
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Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session (March 1, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $736 million into the hands of individual Indians.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing (February 29, 2016)
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.

DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes
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DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes (December 16, 2015)
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

DOI schedules listening session for Cobell Land Buy-Back Program
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DOI schedules listening session for Cobell Land Buy-Back Program (December 8, 2015)
The session will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 3, 2016.

Landowners on Lummi Nation see $4M in Cobell buyback offers
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Landowners on Lummi Nation see $4M in Cobell buyback offers (November 17, 2015)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put nearly $721 million in the hands of individual Indians over the last two years.

DOI signs five more cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program
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DOI signs five more cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program (September 15, 2015)
The Cabazon Band, the Fond du Lac Band, the Ponca Tribe, the Quinault Nation and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are joining the effort.

Michael Connor: Making informed decisions for land buy-back
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion
Michael Connor: Making informed decisions for land buy-back (June 26, 2015)
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.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on water
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Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on water (May 20, 2015)
Lawmakers and witnesses stressed the need for tribal, state and federal parties to work together to resolve long-standing water rights claims.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on water rights
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on water rights (May 19, 2015)
Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who has worked on several tribal settlements, is on the witness list.

DOI issues $10.5M in offers on Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
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DOI issues $10.5M in offers on Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (April 15, 2015)
More than 1,500 landowners have until June 8 to decide whether they want to accept the money in exchange for their fractional interests.

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation sees $195M in buyback offers
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Standing Rock Sioux Reservation sees $195M in buyback offers (April 6, 2015)
The tribe is hosting four meetings next week to help landowners decide whether they want to sell their fractional interests.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program
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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program (March 19, 2015)
The tribe is home to the second-most highly fractionated reservation in the nation.

Lummi Nation signs cooperative agreement for Cobell buy-back
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Lummi Nation signs cooperative agreement for Cobell buy-back (March 9, 2015)
The tribe will work with the Interior Department to identify fractionated interests on the reservation.

DOI schedules listening session on buy-back program in Arizona
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DOI schedules listening session on buy-back program in Arizona (March 3, 2015)
The meeting takes place March 19 on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.

National Congress of American Indians set for winter conference
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National Congress of American Indians set for winter conference (February 23, 2015)
Tribal leaders will hear from top Obama administration officials and key members of Congress.

DOI signs land buy-back cooperative agreements with two tribes
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DOI signs land buy-back cooperative agreements with two tribes (January 30, 2015)
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.

DOI signs land buy-back agreements with Washington tribes
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DOI signs land buy-back agreements with Washington tribes (January 13, 2015)
The Squaxin Island Tribe and the Swinomish Tribe will facilitate outreach and education.

DOI makes $9M in buy-back offers on Coeur d'Alene Reservation
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DOI makes $9M in buy-back offers on Coeur d'Alene Reservation (December 17, 2014)
Offers were sent to more than 400 landowners. The deadline to accept is February 2, 2015.

DOI sends $1.5M in buy-back offers on Squaxin Island Reservation
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DOI sends $1.5M in buy-back offers on Squaxin Island Reservation (December 10, 2014)
Offers were made to more than 600 landowners as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Michael Connor: Making strides with Cobell land buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion
Michael Connor: Making strides with Cobell land buy-back program (December 4, 2014)
An update on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

ICT interview with DOI deputy secretary on Cobell buy-backs
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ICT interview with DOI deputy secretary on Cobell buy-backs (November 21, 2014)
Michael Connor, the second-highest ranking official at DOI, discusses the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program
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DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program (November 20, 2014)
After a year, the program is seeing an improvement in acceptance rates and will be expanding to more reservations.

DOI official to give update on Cobell land consolidation program
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DOI official to give update on Cobell land consolidation program (November 19, 2014)
Some $225 million in transactions have been concluded since the effort started a year ago.

DOI sends $298M in offers to landowners on Crow Reservation
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DOI sends $298M in offers to landowners on Crow Reservation (October 6, 2014)
Responses to the offers are due by November 21.

Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back
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Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back (August 29, 2014)
Responses are due October 10, the Interior Department said in a press release.

DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations
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DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations (August 28, 2014)
The offers went out to more than 4,000 landowners on the Gila River Indian Community and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Cobell buy-back agreements come with little money for tribes
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Cobell buy-back agreements come with little money for tribes (July 17, 2014)
The starting figure for discussions is about $500,000, a top Interior Department official said.

Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI (July 16, 2014)
Indian beneficiaries are still waiting on the final payment from the $3.4 million settlement.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs agreement for Cobell buy-back
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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs agreement for Cobell buy-back (July 16, 2014)
The reservation is the second-most fractionated in Indian Country.

DOI enters Cobell land buy-back agreements with Montana tribes
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement
DOI enters Cobell land buy-back agreements with Montana tribes (July 9, 2014)
The Crow Tribe, the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Fort Peck Tribes are the latest to sign agreements.

DOI enters Cobell buy-back agreements with three more tribes
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DOI enters Cobell buy-back agreements with three more tribes (May 29, 2014)
Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Umatilla Tribes and Gila River Tribes are latest to sign agreements.

DOI sets agenda for Cobell buy-back listening session on May 29
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DOI sets agenda for Cobell buy-back listening session on May 29 (May 23, 2014)
Deputy Secretary Michael Connor will lead the session in Portland, Oregon.

DOI targets 21 reservations for next phase of Cobell buy-back
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DOI targets 21 reservations for next phase of Cobell buy-back (May 16, 2014)
So far, Indian landowners have accepted $61.2 million for their fractionated interests.

DOI to announce next steps for Cobell land buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
DOI to announce next steps for Cobell land buy-back program (May 14, 2014)
So far, more than $100 million in offers have been extended as part of a land consolidation program.

DOI Deputy Secretary Mike Connor hosts Earth Day webchat
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DOI Deputy Secretary Mike Connor hosts Earth Day webchat (April 22, 2014)
Mike Connor, the second-highest ranking official at the Interior Department, will be hosting a special Earth Day webchat this afternoon.

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