Biden picks Haaland as first Native American interior secretary
Published: 12:47 PM, 18 December 2020 Updated: 02:27 PM, 18 December 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated the US lawmaker Deb Haaland as interior secretary and if confirmed, she could become the first Native American to lead a US governmental department.
The sixty-year old Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, the role of interior secretary would put her in charge of an agency that has tremendous sway not only over the nearly 600 federally recognised tribes, but also over much of the nation’s vast public lands, waterways, wildlife, national parks and mineral wealth, according to Euronews report.
"A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," she said in a tweet following the announcement.
"Growing up in my mother's Pueblo household made me fierce. I'll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all our protected land," she added.