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Quinault Nation to see $19M from Cobell land buy-back program

A view of the Quinault Nation in Washington. Photo from Facebook

Landowners on the Quinault Nation in Washington will see $19 million in offers for their fractional interests under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

The money should enable the tribe to consolidate the equivalent of 7,000 to 8,000 acres, The Peninsula Daily News reported. That will put a small, though significant, dent into the fractionated land base on the reservation.

“The Quinault Nation will now proceed with landowner outreach, land research, valuation and purchase activities,” President Fawn Sharp told the paper.

The $3.4 billion Cobell settlement provided $1.9 billion for Indian landowners who want to sell their fractionated interests. DOI will pay "fair market value" as required by the Indian Land Consolidation Act.

Participation is entirely voluntary. Any land that is acquired will be returned to tribes.

Since offers went out in in late 2013, Indian landowners have accepted nearly $668 million for their fractionated interests, according to the buy-back program. The equivalent of 1.3 million acres have been returned to tribes.

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Quinault tribe given $19 million for land buy-back program (The Peninsula Daily News 9/21)

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