BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Department of the Interior will add 63 American Indian reservations in 16 states from 2018 to 2021. This includes seven sites in Minnesota and six in Wisconsin.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations was created as part of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value within 10 years. The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has restored 1.5 million acres to tribal control since 2013.
Here is a list of the lands in this region most recently added to the Land Buy-Back Program’s implementation schedule:
Minnesota Chippewa - Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake)
Minnesota Chippewa - Grand Portage Band
Minnesota Chippewa - Leech Lake Band
Minnesota Chippewa - Mille Lacs Band
Minnesota Chippewa - White Earth Band
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin
Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota
For the complete list of all 105 lands in the implementation schedule click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.