- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The federal government is offering up more than $270 million to thousands of property owners on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation as part of a program aimed at helping tribal governments consolidate their land.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/2g9KlgW ) nearly 7,000 landowners have until Jan. 17 to decide whether they want to take the offer. The chairman of the tribe’s business council, Harry Barnes, says the individual offers range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1 million.

Under the land buy-back program, willing landowners sell the government their land allotments to be consolidated and turned over to the tribes. The land stays in trust for uses benefiting the tribes and their members.

The value of the Blackfeet reservation’s fractured land was evaluated this summer.

Barnes says those who accept the government’s offer will be paid within 10 days.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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