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Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Under Cobell Settlement

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Office of the Deputy Secretary, Interior.


Notice of tribal listening session.


The Office of the Secretary will conduct a listening session on the status of implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The purpose of the session is to meet with Indian tribes to discuss progress to date and receive feedback. Indian landowners may also attend to provide input.


The listening session will take place on May 29, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time.


Federal Building, Auditorium, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4128.

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Genevieve Giaccardo, Senior Advisor on Tribal Relations, (202) 208-1541.

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I. Background

The Cobell Settlement was approved with finality on November 24, 2012, following the exhaustion of appeals through the U.S. Supreme Court. Within a month following final approval, the Department of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) and published an Initial Implementation Plan. The Department engaged in government-to-government consultation on this plan and released an Updated Implementation Plan in November 2013.

The Department is currently implementing the Buy-Back Program at multiple locations across Indian Country. Since November 24, 2012, the Department has sent offers to nearly 19,000 landowners. Thus far, Interior has paid over $40 million to Indian landowners across the United States for voluntarily restoring the equivalent of more than 122,000 acres of land to tribal governments. Tribal governments are helping plan for and implement the Buy-Back Program at specific locations through cooperative agreements or other arrangements.

The purpose of this session is to gather input from tribes in order for the Department to continue to refine its land consolidation processes. Landowners may also attend the session to provide input.

II. Additional Resources

The Updated Implementation Plan and additional information about the Buy-Back Program is available at:​buybackprogram. In addition, landowners can contact their local Fiduciary Trust Officer or call Interior's Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836.

III. Listening Session Details

Time and Date: May 29, 2014, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. PT.

Place: Federal Building, Auditorium, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4128.

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Dated: April 24, 2014.

Michael L. Connor,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2014-09817 Filed 4-29-14; 8:45 am]