Laguna Pueblo’s Deb Haaland confirmed as 1st Native American U.S. cabinet member

Deb Haaland’s image projected onto Department of the Interior building in D.C.

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for nearly two centuries.

Haaland was confirmed by a 51-40 vote.

Which also confirms what racist, reactionary bum-wipes populate the Republican Party!

Democrats and tribal groups hailed Haaland’s confirmation as historic, saying her selection means that Indigenous people — who lived in North America before the United States was created — will for the first time see a Native American lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made. Interior also oversees a host of other issues, including energy development on public lands and waters, national parks and endangered species.

3 thoughts on “Laguna Pueblo’s Deb Haaland confirmed as 1st Native American U.S. cabinet member

  1. p/s says:

    Havasupai Councilwoman Appointed To Biden Environmental Justice Board
    Carletta Tilousi has been outspoken against uranium mining near the Grand Canyon area.
    As a councilwoman for the Havasupai, she has carried on the work of her uncle, a former tribal chairman.
    The tribe, which lives in a tributary of the Grand Canyon, has long considered uranium mining to be a threat to its water supply.
    Tilousi has also been active in keeping Supai Village free of coronavirus during the pandemic.
    The advisory board is expected to take up a variety of issues that affect communities of color, such as pollution, climate change and economic opportunity.
    (NYT Sept 2015): “Within the Grand Canyon, the Lure of Havasu Falls”

  2. Bilagáana says:

    The U.S. Department of Interior announced Wednesday the restoration of more than 18,800 acres of land, known as the National Bison Range, so it can be returned to Indigenous tribes in Montana.
    The transfer will be issued from the Interior to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), specifically to be held for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation in Montana.
    The lands were already within the bounds of the CSKT reservation prior to being officially transferred.
    The National Bison Range (NBR) was established in 1908 to protect the American Bison from extinction following the desecration of the species in the centuries before — driven by American settlers and systematic hunting. It marked the first time Congress allocated tax funding to buy land for the single mission of preserving wildlife.

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