Haaland Confirmed as First Native American to Lead Interior Department
Headline Roundup March 16th, 2021
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, as President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of the Interior. Haaland is the first Native American Cabinet secretary in history, overseeing the department that manages public and tribal lands.
Indigenous communities and environmental activists praised the confirmation. Several Republicans criticized Haaland for her embrace of the Green New Deal and her anti-fracking stance.
The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., as President Joe Biden’s secretary of the Department of the Interior, making the second-term Democrat the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.
The vote was 51-40, with four Republicans joining Democrats in favor.
Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo, earned bipartisan support to run the Interior department, which has a staff of 70,000 employees and is charged with overseeing the country’s natural resources. The agency manages nearly 500 million acres of land, or one-fifth of...
As thousands of Native Americans watched online, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department by a 51-to-40 vote in the Senate, making her the first American Indian to lead an agency that manages a vast portfolio of federal land and the oil and mineral wealth that lies beneath it.
Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo Nation in New Mexico and whose family ties in the country can be traced back 35 generations, will take control of a department that also oversees Indian Country, 574...
The Senate on Monday confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making the New Mexico congresswoman the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department.
She was confirmed by a 51-40 vote.
Haaland’s confirmation was hailed by Democrats and tribal groups.
As interior secretary, she will lead a powerful department that routinely deals with the 600 federally recognized tribes.
“Rep. Haaland’s confirmation represents a gigantic step forward in creating a government that represents the full richness and diversity of this country,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
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