- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

CHEYENNE RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. (AP) - The federal government says it has sent offers to more than 6,500 landowners who own parcels on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation as part its effort to help tribal governments consolidate land.

Interior Department Deputy Secretary Michael Connor says almost $150 million in purchase offers have been sent to landowners with fractional interests on the reservation.

Land buy-back programs aim to help Native American tribes buy parcels of reservation land that have accumulated multiple owners. The parcels that get sold will be consolidated and held in trust for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

The purchases are part of a settlement over government mismanagement of Indian land royalties.

Allotting reservation land to individual tribal members, who passed it to heirs, was once a government method for assimilating American Indians. Some parcels have several owners.

Interested sellers have until June 29 to return accepted offers.

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