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Despite legal accord, there's no quick fix to Indian trust issues

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It didn't take long to see that this week's settlement of a class-action lawsuit over federal management of tribal lands won't change life immediately for Native Americans. A day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hailed the resolution of the 13-year-old lawsuit brought by Elouise Cobell, senators grilled Bureau of Indian Affairs officials over a backlog of applications — some a decade old — from tribes needing federal approval to buy land or lease out mineral or grazing rights on their land.