Back in 2018, Deb Haaland became the first Native American woman to serve in Congress and now she is slated to become the first Native American Interior Secretary.
Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, will help confront a legacy of injustices towards indigenous peoples in America as her role will include overseeing the government’s relationship with the 567 federally recognized tribes and 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. She is also a longtime advocate for the environment in her home state of New Mexico.
Her appointment was pushed forward by a letter penned by over 100 tribal leaders urging her consideration for the position. Haaland’s appointment is historic in terms of diversity in federal leadership, but it also puts a voice representing Indigenous concerns at the highest reach of government.
Haaland said to HuffPost, “I think it’s a time in our world―not just in our country, but our entire world―to listen to Indigenous people when it comes to climate change, when it comes to our environment.”
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