Feds to buy reservation land
According to news reports, a buy-back has been signed between the Interior Department of the U.S. government and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of north central South Dakota and south central North Dakota.
The agreement is part of a bigger plan for the federal government to buy fractionated land parcels from their multiple owners and return them to tribal ownership. According to the A.P., the program began with South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation and so far has spent $72 million to restore 203,000 acres of land to tribes.
The Interior department reportedly announced earlier this spring that the program would be implemented on 21 reservations including the Crow, Fort Belknap and Fort Peck reservations in Montana.