The tribe has already identified 400 parcels of highly fractionated interests. DOI will be negotiating with more than 5,000 owners in hopes of consolidating the land.
“We are well-positioned to work with owners of fractionated allotments in purchasing back our lands for the common interest of our tribal members,” Chairman Gary Burke said in a statement to The East Oregonian. “We have and will continue to develop land management plans that will ensure our survival now and for future generations.”
Participation is entirely voluntary. Any land that is acquired through the program will be returned to tribal governments.
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CTUIR begins to buy back lost land (The East Oregonian 6/7)