Kevin Abourezk: Salazar a breath of fresh air
"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said this week he was "troubled" by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that only tribes formally recognized in 1934 could have land taken into trust for them by the Department of the Interior.

Since the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the interior department has added about eight million acres of land to the trust for various tribes, including some that were not federally recognized in 1934.

The decision likely won't affect tribes recognized after 1934 whose land is already in trust, as only Congress can take land out of trust. But it would likely affect future land acquisitions.

The court's ruling affects dozens of tribes, including some of the wealthiest in the country.

On Wednesday, Salazar told a legislative summit of the National Congress of Americans that he would continue the program while examining all options to resolve the land-into-trust issue.

Salazar's response to the high court's ruling is a breath of fresh at Interior, a department seen as unfriendly to tribal interests in recent years that was racked by allegations of corruption and drug use last fall."

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