Senator Ken Salazar Selected To Lead Department of Interior

Salazar tapped as interior secretary

President–Elect Obama has selected Senator Ken Salazar, a Democrat from Colorado, to lead the U.S. Department of Interior, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “Among the many responsibilities Ken will bear as our next Secretary of the Interior is helping ensure that we finally live up to the treaty obligations that are owed to the first Americans,” Obama said. “We need more than just a government-to-government relationship – we need a nation-to-nation relationship, and Ken and I will work together to make sure that Tribal nations have a voice in this administration.” “I look forward to helping address the challenges faced by our Native American communities all across this nation,” Salazar said.

Salazar currently holds the Senate seat formerly occupied by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Republican and member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Despite being from opposing political parties, Nighthorse Campbell has endorsed Salazar’s selection to head the Department. “President-Elect Obama couldn’t have picked a better person,” Nighthorse Campbell said. “Kenny has a really strong voting record on Indian water rights, land claims, and things of that nature – he’s just a wonderful candidate. I think, very frankly, that Native America is going to be very happy with him.”

Salazar previously led Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources and worked as the state’s Attorney General. He also served on the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While in the Senate, he co-sponsored numerous legislative bills focused on Native American issues, including the National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Act, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Trust Act, and a bill honoring Native Code Talkers.

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Garrett Spears - February 1, 2009 3:10 PM

Senator Salazar,
My name is Garrett Spears. I live in the small town of Craig Colorado and attend the local scout troop 192. I'm on my way to earning the Citizen in the Nation merrit badge. A requirement for this merrit badge is to contact one of our senators and ask them a question concerning a current issue of our country. I'm curious as to what you think of our new president Barok Obama. What do you think he will do for this country? I'd like to hear what you have to say. Please write back at... or return this email at

Garrett Spears
1238 Legion St
Craig CO

Garrett Spears
From troop 192

Ellie Vaughter - March 11, 2011 9:10 PM

There are double the number of rich people, who have as much as the rest of the nation in wealth. Why is it that cuts always start with hurting the poor, education, and essential necessities? The Republicans seem to be unconcerned about PEOPLE and their needs. Why can't the Congress begin with the rich and require them to give up some of their wealth so that the poorest of the nation does not have to pay? I'm not advocating communism nor socialism, but the rich made money off of the middle class to the extent that there are fewer and fewer middle class people, and now the budget cuts want to start at the bottom and make the poor poorer. I would argue that the Christian thing to do is to do whatever is necessary for the rich, who can afford a cut in their assets, to give a hell of a lot more to help balance the budget. I would argue that the wealthy people of the U.S. don't care about their country nor their fellow Americans. They only want money. I don't know how you feel about Michael Moore, but his last letter pointed out what I've mentioned above. The Wisconson fiasco doesn't seem very democratic in my opinion. Is this country becoming a government that can't stand up to the rich because they'll retaliate? I hope someone reads this and gives it some consideration. Where is Robin Hood?

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