WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken roughly 9,300 acres of land near Mandaree into what’s known as ‘trust status’ for the Three Affiliated Tribes.
The tribes submitted a fee-to-trust application for the Figure 4 Ranch Property. The land is currently used for a buffalo ranch operation as well as for oil and gas production.
The move returns land to the tribes that was originally included within the reservation under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.
MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox responded to the move with the following statement:
“The MHA Nation is very grateful to Secretary Bernhardt, Assistant Secretary Sweeney, and the Department of Interior staff, especially Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Tahsuda, for their successful completion of our land into trust application. This significant step will positively enhance resource management and economic development for our tribal Nation. We appreciate the federal government’s efforts and commitment in this important matter!”