DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The Choctaw Nation opened bids Monday for hunting and grazing lease sale on restricted tribal land.

Bidders who were present were given the chance to raise bids. Each lease was awarded to the highest responsible bidder. 

There were close to 90 bids made for the 17 lots of land available. 

"We want to help our land owners, our restricted land owners that are also tribal members for the Choctaw Nation that helps to bring in income from their property and help protect their property," said Traci Umsted, senior director of land and title.

She said this is the largest bidding auction they have conducted.