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Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts
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Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts (September 12, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations brought more than $156 million to the Blackfeet Nation, with additional offers anticipated as the initiative winds down.

Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers (August 24, 2017)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the last in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations because funds are running out.

Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program
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Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program (August 7, 2017)
The Trump administration told tribes about changes to the Land Buy-Back Program less than an hour before a press release was issued to the public.

Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court
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Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court (August 2, 2017)
The nation's largest reservation. A business-friendly president. The owner of Dakota Access. What could go wrong here?

Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program
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Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program (July 31, 2017)
With just $540 million left to spend, the Trump administration is changing course when it comes to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Bad River Band benefits from Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
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Bad River Band benefits from Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (July 13, 2017)
Through the acquisition of fractional interests, the Bad River Band regained ownership of 3,492 acres on its reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Interior Department sends out another $13.1M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Interior Department sends out another $13.1M in Cobell buy-back offers (June 26, 2017)
Landowners on the Nez Perce Reservation, the Pechanga Reservation and the Rincon Reservation are the latest to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end
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Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end (June 6, 2017)
The Trump administration has put Indian Country on notice of the eventual end of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back
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Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
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Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation
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Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (May 26, 2017)
A dispute over a power line on the reservation has drawn significant interest from Indian Country.

Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down
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Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down (May 25, 2017)
Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
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Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)
A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers
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Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers (May 22, 2017)
Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.

House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program
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House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program (May 16, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is finally getting back to work.

Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers (April 24, 2017)
Landowners on the reservation in Washington have until June 19 to accept as the program continues.

Interior Department makes 'final' transfer for Cobell scholarships
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Interior Department makes 'final' transfer for Cobell scholarships (April 13, 2017)
The $60 million ceiling -- the maximum authorized in the settlement -- was hit after just four years.

Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump
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Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump (March 30, 2017)
The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts
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Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts (February 13, 2017)
With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty.

Cobell scholarship fund grows to $47M thanks to buy-back effort
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Cobell scholarship fund grows to $47M thanks to buy-back effort (January 11, 2017)
More than $5.25 million in scholarships have been awarded as a result of the Cobell trust fund settlement.

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.

Leaders on Navajo Nation call Cobell land buy-back effort a success
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Leaders on Navajo Nation call Cobell land buy-back effort a success (January 4, 2017)
Over 25,000 landowners on the reservation were paid more than $108 million for their fractional interests.

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.

USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base
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USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (December 6, 2016)
The Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services will act as an intermediary to help individual Indians purchase fractional land interests.

Senate committee ready for hearing on Cobell buy-back program
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Senate committee ready for hearing on Cobell buy-back program (December 5, 2016)
A panel of tribal and federal witnesses will discuss the $1.9 billion land consolidation effort at the December 7 hearing.

Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (November 22, 2016)
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.

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
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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.

Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program
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Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program (September 9, 2016)
The Minnesota tribe so far has been able to consolidate about 42 percent of the fractionated land base.

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.

Colville Tribes expect Cobell buy-back offers for landowners in fall
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Colville Tribes expect Cobell buy-back offers for landowners in fall (August 12, 2016)
Landowners on the Washington reservation could receive upwards of $25.7 million for their fractionated interests.

Interior Department sends more money for Cobell scholarships
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Interior Department sends more money for Cobell scholarships (July 20, 2016)
The scholarship fund now boasts a balance of about $40 million and offers went out to another 733 students this month.

Navajo Nation dispels strange rumor about Cobell land buy-back effort
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Navajo Nation dispels strange rumor about Cobell land buy-back effort (July 19, 2016)
Some people are claiming the tribe needs the land to house refugees from the Middle East.

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.

Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offers
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Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offers (July 14, 2016)
The reservation in Washington suffers from a high rate of fractionation, according to the federal government.

Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell program
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Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell program (July 12, 2016)
More than 26,000 landowners on the largest reservation in the United States have received offers to sell their fractionated interests.

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
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
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.

Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program
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Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program (May 4, 2016)
Chairman Harry Barnes signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department to help facilitate purchases of fractionated interests from willing individual Indian landowners.

Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland
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Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (May 2, 2016)
Chairman Harry Barnes will help announce a milestone for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion
Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country (May 2, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program returns tribal lands to tribes and furthers tribal self-governance.

Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program
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Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program (April 21, 2016)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe will help facilitate sales for the program, which has so far paid more than $761 million to individual Indians.

Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer
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Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer (April 12, 2016)
The scholarship is seeded with proceeds from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation
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Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation (March 21, 2016)
Many Natives see humor in the fact that they receive a $2 check from the U.S. Department of Treasury for their land ownership and/or their oil and gas leases.

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.

Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion | Trust
Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country (March 2, 2016)
One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much.

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.

Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement
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Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement (February 1, 2016)
The tribe would only be the third in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers
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Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers (January 12, 2016)
The tribe held a kick-off event to inform individual Indian landowners about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds
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Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds (January 6, 2016)
Attorneys are working closely with Indian Country to find as many additional beneficiaries as possible by April 30, 2016.

DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Education | National
DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund (January 6, 2016)
The fund boasts a balance of $35 million, money that will be used to enhance educational opportunities for tribal members across the country.

DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
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

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