Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Real Estate Services is to provide comprehensive real estate services and technical assistance that uphold the highest standards of professionalism. We are committed to fostering partnerships with Tribes and individual Indian landowners to minimize risks to protect trust assets and resources in the management of Tribal Trust, and Restricted Fee lands under Tribal law, federal law and regulations.

Who We Serve

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Division of Real Estate Services (DRES) provides realty services to Tribes and individual Indian landowners such as surface leasing, mortgaging, and granting rights of way crossing their trust and restricted fee lands. DRES also administers the processes for Tribes to acquire trust land and make Reservation proclamation requests.

DRES provides policy direction, technical assistance, training, and administrative review and monitoring of real property operations to Tribes, individual Indian landowners, and BIA office and agency staff.

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About the Division of Real Estate Services

The BIA Division of Real Estate Services is a team of administrators, analysts, and realty specialists who work together to provide realty services to federally-recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, and individual Indian landowners.

The BIA Central Office Division of Real Estate Services is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and develops policy, processes, and provides nation-wide training and technical assistance to Tribal governments and BIA field offices. Central Office DRES also provides HEARTH Act training and reviews Tribal HEARTH Act ordinances submitted for Secretarial approval.

The Divisions of Real Estate Services in the BIA’s Regional Offices and local agencies deliver customer-focused services for trust and restricted fee land realty transactions within their jurisdictions. If you have questions or concerns about individual trust land transactions like fee to trust land acquisitions, leasing, mortgages, rights of way, or Reservation proclamations, contact the division of real estate services at the BIA field office where your land is located.