Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar says that the federal public lands of Utah "are the nation's birthright." Not so. The Utah Enabling Act compact of 1894 between the people of the Territory of Utah and the United States reads differently.

In its enacting clause, this solemn compact reads, "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the inhabitants of all that part of the area of the United States now constituting the Territory of Utah, as at present described, may become the State of Utah, as hereinafter provided." What part of the word "all" does the secretary not understand? These lands are Utah's birthright.

Bill Howell