Quinault Land Management Department
The Quinault Land Management Department helps acquire and consolidate non-trust and trust lands on the Quinault Indian Nation and assists the Nation in land management activities such as fee-to-trust conversions, ownership records management, land purchase, and leases.
The program goal which is under the Quinault Division of Natural Resources is to reduce fractionated ownership on the Quinault Indian Nation, establish ownership records and a reference system, and assist with land issues involving economic development projects.
The Quinault Indian Nation is the only majorly timbered reservation in the U.S. that was completely divided into 80-acre allotments. Over the course of time, the allotments were distributed to individuals and families from many different tribes. Land ownership on Quinault lands has become more complex as the land is fractionated due to inheritance by even more members of succeeding generations. Any development, road-building, timber harvest, restoration or other land management activity requires agreement from the majority of affected landowners.
Quinault Land Management Program Mission
To assist the Quinault Indian Nation in its efforts to preserve the lands as a social, cultural, political, and economic unit for the benefit and prosperity of members of the Quinault Indian Nation.
To provide real estate and land management services that guide land and resource use and ownership in a manner that protects natural and cultural resources while promoting Indian self-sufficiency and Tribal sovereignty.
Tribal Land Buy-Back Program
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. Consolidated interests are immediately restored to tribal trust ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members.
Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior announced a revised strategy for the consolidation of fractional land interests through the Buy-Back Program on July 31, 2017. The strategy includes a revised schedule for implementation, as well as new opportunities for tribal governments to use the Program’s tools and systems to facilitate their own land consolidation initiatives.
Lands and Records Management Specialist, Cindy Ralston » 360.276.8215 x526
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