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Interior Department Sends Land Buy-Back Purchase Offers To Arizona Tribe

The Department of the Interior recently sent more than 4,000 purchase offers to tribal land owners in southern Arizona and Montana as part of their Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The offers total almost $100 million.                                                                                                                              

The program was created in 2010 to reduce fractionation, or the amount of land within tribal boundaries that’s individually owned. The land sold through the buy-back will be held in trust for each tribe.

All sales are voluntary. Since being launched, the Interior Department has closed transactions on almost 265,000 acres worth nearly $97 million.

Land owners in the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona have until October 17 th to act on the offers. Those who chose to sell receive fair market value for their land plus an additional $75.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.