After four years of fossil fuel executives and lobbyists opening up Native lands and sacred sites to industry tycoons, the next Secretary of Interior will be Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman who went to Standing Rock in 2016 and cooked for the people.
She is going to make our ancestors so proud.
Haaland will oversee the federal government’s nation-to-nation relationship with the 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities and be the first-ever Native Cabinet Secretary in the nation’s history.
I am thankful to all those who have been pushing for this appointment alongside me — it took many leaders and a small army — and to Joe Biden for hearing us.
With this appointment, the President-elect has taken a modest but meaningful step toward justice for First peoples. He is continuing to set a tone for restoring a sense of public good and public trust to America, and that is worth celebrating.
With gratitude to the countless people from across Indian Country, the environmental movement, and the political spectrum,
Julian Brave NoiseCat
Member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie
Advisory Board Member, Evergreen Action
Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Data for Progress