The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to spend $1.9 billion to buy back land held by individual Indians for the benefit of American Indian tribes.

The enormous buy-back program will allow the tribes to consolidate ownership of land that has been passed down through the generations, to the point where one tract may be owned by hundreds, or even thousands, of individuals.

The Interior Department says the voluntary Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is “part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen Indian communities.”

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