At statehood, the federal government promised all states that it would transfer title for all public lands within the states. The U.S. Supreme Court has called these promises “solemn compacts,” “bilateral (two-way) agreements,” and “solemn trusts” that must be performed “in a timely fashion.”
The western states are still waiting for the federal government to keep its promise.
Our children and teachers can’t wait. Our wage earners can’t wait Our people can’t wait, for a federal government that has not kept its promise.