Biden to Nominate Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary

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December 17, 2020

"This makes Haaland the first Native American to lead the department that oversees millions of acres of Tribal lands, essentially turning a page in this country’s dark history and giving an Indigenous woman authority over stolen land."

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Today, the Biden-Harris transition team announced that it will nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary.

In response to Deb Haaland’s nomination for Interior Secretary, Greenpeace Climate Campaign Director Janet Redman said:

“Deb Haaland’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Interior is nothing short of historic. This makes her the first Native American to lead the department that oversees millions of acres of Tribal lands, essentially turning a page in this country’s dark history and giving an Indigenous woman authority over stolen land. Haaland, a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, has been a champion for our environment and public lands as Vice-Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. She has called for a Green New Deal and a resolution to protect 30% of our land and oceans by 2030.

“Voters have delivered a clear mandate for our elected officials to act on climate. The story we’ve been told over and over again by corporate elites is that the inequitable, polluting economy they have built is inevitable. Our story says that the just, green, and peaceful future we deserve is possible, and together we can build the power to turn that vision into a reality. Deb Haaland’s appointment is a part of that new story and we are eager to write the next chapter with her.”

ENDS

Contact: Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, [email protected]

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