Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Obama Announces Ken Salazar As Choice For Interior Secretary

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President-elect Barack Obama announced today U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) for his choice as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs as one of its responsibilities.

Mr. Obama said at the announcement, "Ken will bring to the Interior an unabiding commitment to the land we love. Ken will help ensure that we live up to the treaty obligations we've made with the first Americans. We want more than just a government-to-government relationship with tribes. We want to hear their voice."

"Native Americans felt like they had no access. He has also been one of our key leaders in the Senate on energy independence."