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    Deb Haaland's confirmation to lead Interior all but certain with Collins on board
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Susan Collins, a key moderate Republican from Maine, said Wednesday she will vote to confirm Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary, further securing a likely successful confirmation for one of President Joe Biden's nominees."After examining Representative Deb Haaland's qualifications, reviewing her hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and meeting with her personally, I will vote to confirm her to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior," Collins said in a statement.Collins' backing, after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced last week he would also vote to confirm, gives Haaland a greater likelihood at being approved by the Senate, which has a 50-50 partisan split. Collins is the first Republican senator to announce her support for Haaland to lead the Interior Department. Related Interactive: Where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand In her announcement, Collins said she appreciated Haaland's "willingness to support issues"...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he would vote to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to lead the Department of the Interior (DOI), joining the green-spree Democrats in their “radical” agenda against fossil fuel production in the United States. Senate Majority Leader Joe Manchin announces that he’ll vote to confirm Deb Haaland for Interior secretary — Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) February 24, 2021 President Joe Biden’s pick to head the agency in charge of millions of acres of federal land and its energy infrastructure is hostile to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, which transports over 500,000 barrels per day. Haaland’s Congressional website features an essay titled “Fierce” about her participation in protesting the installation of the project, which lasted for weeks until winter weather set in. In 2016, Debra Haaland cooked green chili and tortillas at the Standing Rock Sioux camps pitched against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bringing food was her traditional way...
    Joe Manchin announced Wednesday he will vote to confirm Representative Deb Haaland for secretary of the Interior Department after claiming last week he was undecided over her nomination. 'With respect to Representative Haaland and her confirmation hearing, while we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation's energy independence,' Manchin said in a statement Wednesday. 'I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her,' the West Virginia centrist Democrat assured. Manchin threw Haaland's nomination into chaos last week as he revealed he was unsure if he would vote to confirm her or not to President Joe Biden's cabinet. Haaland support more green energy initiatives, and Manchin represents a state rooted in natural energy industry. If confirmed, Haaland would make history as the first...
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that he will support the nomination of Democratic New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior. “I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her. I look forward to working with her to protect our public lands and ensure the responsible use of all our natural resources in a bipartisan manner,” Manchin, an important vote for Democratic proposals with the Senate split 50-50, said. NEWS: Joe Manchin will support Interior secretary nominee @DebHaalandNM, a boost to her prospects of confirmation. pic.twitter.com/FX4ZuTDXVD — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 24, 2021 Haaland, if confirmed, would be the first Native American Secretary of the Interior since the department was created in 1849. Haaland was a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and once promised to vote against any legislation that created new...
    Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), President Joe Biden’s pick to head the agency in charge millions of acres of federal land and its energy infrastructure, defended on Tuesday joining protestors at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) questioned Haaland as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He told her his state is an “energy powerhouse for this nation” and second only to Texas in the production of oil. “We’ve got to have transmission lines and pipelines to move energy to market,” Hoeven said. “We’ve got to have that infrastructure.” “A very good example of that is the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has now been operating for three years safely moving over a half a million barrels of light, sweet crude oil a day to refineries,” Hoeven said, adding that if protestors had had their way it would make the U.S. more...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden nominated the most diverse Cabinet in history, but the Senate, which gets to offer "advice and consent," is suddenly full of members -- mostly Republicans -- who are critical of partisan tweets and are carefully scrutinizing nominees' job qualifications. The attention has chiefly fallen on three domestic policy roles: Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden has written a lot of mean tweets about conservatives and progressives and clashed with Bernie Sanders' future presidential campaign manager. She'd be the first woman of color in charge of the executive budget. Department of Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra played important roles defending the Affordable Care Act from the Trump administration's efforts to get it declared unconstitutional and in California's pandemic response. He'd be the first Latino to run HHS. Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland has supported the Green New Deal and wants to end fracking...
    Rep. Deb Haaland at the Tuesday Senate confirmation hearing on her nomination as secretary of the Department of the Interior. Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week. At The New Republic, Nick Martin (a citizen of Sappony Tribe) writes—Deb Haaland’s Ascent and the Complicated Legacy of Native Representation. The congresswoman from New Mexico could make history if confirmed as head of the Department of the Interior. But there’s more to the story than that. Deb Haaland could be the next secretary of the interior. Her hearing is scheduled for Tuesday and, if seated, the congresswoman from New Mexico and citizen of the Laguna Pueblo will make history. Her name will be etched into the minds of young Native women across Indian Country, and her late-career path to Congress and then the Cabinet will serve as an inspiration to any Native person who believes that...
    Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) grilled Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Department of the Interior (DOI), on her thoughts about wildlife management during a confirmation hearing Tuesday. Daines asked Haaland about the Endangered Species Act and whether she supports returning wildlife management to the states during an Energy Committee hearing on Haaland’s qualifications to serve as DOI secretary. Haaland said that science should “of course” serve as the basis for those decisions. The Montana conservative asked Haaland if she knew the Grizzly Bear’s recovery period in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, to which she said that she did not. Daines said in response that the “most conservative estimate” reveals the grizzly bear population is well above the recovery period to take the bear species off of the endangered species list and allow states such as Montana to better manage their wildlife. He further noted that, despite...
    Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) said on Tuesday at her confirmation hearing to be secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) that she had to “acknowledge” that Capitol Hill, which includes the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate office buildings, is on land belonging to Native Americans. “I wouldn’t be here without the love and support of my child Somah, partner Skip, my mom Mary Toya, my extended family, and generations of ancestors who sacrificed so much so I could be here today,” Haaland said in her opening statement before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people.” Haaland’s nomination is controversial because as DOI secretary she would be in charge of 640 million acres, or about 28 percent, of all of the land in the United States and would be enforcing President Joe...
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political stances have been molded by her upbringing. News of her historic nomination electrified Indian Country. Tribal leaders and organizations for weeks have urged people to write and call U.S. senators who will decide if she’ll lead the agency that has broad oversight over Native American affairs and energy development. On Tuesday, Haaland’s confirmation hearing will be closely watched in tribal communities across the U.S., with virtual parties amid a pandemic. A day before, a picture of the New Mexico congresswoman was projected on the side of the Interior building with text that read “Our Ancestors' Dreams Come True.” Many Native Americans see Haaland as a...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political stances have been molded by her upbringing. News of her historic nomination electrified Indian Country. Tribal leaders and organizations for weeks have urged people to write and call U.S. senators who will decide if she’ll lead the agency that has broad oversight over Native American affairs and energy development. On Tuesday, Haaland’s confirmation hearing will be closely watched in tribal communities across the U.S., with virtual parties amid a pandemic. A day before, a picture of the New Mexico congresswoman was projected on the side of the Interior building with text that read “Our Ancestors’ Dreams Come True.” Many Native Americans see Haaland as a reflection of themselves, someone who...
    Today, Daily Kos delivered over 260,000 signatures in support of Rep. Deb Haaland as the Senate is about to begin hearings to confirm her as the new secretary of the Department of the Interior under the Biden-Harris administration. Haaland currently serves as the representative from New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District and was nominated to lead the Department of Interior by President Joe Biden in December 2020. The Department of the Interior plays a crucial role in the historic preservation of federal lands and natural resources, as well as programs that oversee Native Alaskans, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians. Yet, no American president has tapped someone from these communities to lead the Department of the Interior—until now. As Haaland herself said, “A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior.” “The significance of Haaland’s nomination cannot be overstated. If she is...
    A photo of Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: US officially rejoins Paris climate agreement | Biden Energy Dept orders sweeping review of Trump energy rules | Texas power grid was 'seconds and minutes' from total failure, officials say OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Five things to know about Texas's strained electric grid | Biden honeymoon with green groups faces tests | Electric vehicles are poised to aid Biden in climate fight Overnight Energy: Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program | Biden administration delays Trump rule allowing companies to pay less money for drilling on federal lands MORE (D-N.M.) was projected onto the side of the Interior Department building in support of her nomination as secretary of the Interior. The photo of Haaland depicted her garbed in traditional Pueblo clothing along with the hashtag #DEBFORINTERIOR. Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery shared a video of the projection. Bendery said on Twitter that the...
    (CNN)Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who has been nominated by President Joe Biden for interior secretary, is expected to discuss the "historic nature" of her confirmation by the Senate at her confirmation hearing Tuesday. Haaland, who will testify before the the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed.Read her remarks, as prepared for delivery Tuesday provided by the Interior Department, below:
    When President Joe Biden tapped Rep. Deb Haaland to become the first Native American head of the Department of the Interior, which would also make her the first Native American Cabinet secretary, she tweeted she would be “fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land." Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, knew that to be true long before Haaland earned the appointment. In fact, he told E&E News he pushed for her to get the role. He said he lobbied for her, not to “step on her toes” or promote “’the man behind the curtain' kind of bullshit” but because he knew she could do the job. "The whole general area around environment, public lands, Native Americans, our oceans, our waters—all of a sudden you have a secretary who is going to raise it, and raise the support for those issues, and that's important for the work we do," he told the...
    Rep. Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's choice for overseeing the Department of Interior. Republican Sen. Steve Daines, the extremist junior senator from Montana who shills for the oil and gas industry, met with Rep. Deb Haaland last week and came away saying he will seek to block her nomination as secretary of the Department of Interior. Daines can slow down the process by placing a hold on her nomination, and he has support from Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso (as well as 18 members of the House). But since the Congresswoman only needs a simple majority in the Senate, she is likely to be confirmed as the first American Indian and third woman to hold the Interior post. Both Daines and Barrasso sit on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  The department governs about 75% of public lands under federal jurisdiction, including the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Services, the Bureau of Land...
    DEB Haaland was picked by President Joe Biden to run the Department of the Interior. The politician has been the US Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional district since 2019.  5Debra HaalandCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Deb Haaland? Born December 2, 1960, Debra Haaland is an American politician who serves as the representative for New Mexico's 1 congressional district. Haaland was the former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. She is one of the first two Native American women elected to the US Congress. 5Deb Haaland was nominated by President Joe Biden to run the Department of the InteriorCredit: AFP 5Haaland is the US Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional districtCredit: Splash News On December 17, 2020, then President-elect Biden announced that he would nominate Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American to head the department as well...
    Rep. Deb Haaland on Inauguration Day. When President Biden named Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior, most of the public response was immensely positive. Here was a Native woman, a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, chosen to oversee a department with an impact on Indigenous Americans greater than any other except the War Department. Authority over the Native population was transferred to the Department of the Interior in 1849, although the Indian wars continued for another four decades. Anyone who has followed the Interior Department’s often atrocious handling of American Indian matters over the years knows just how big a deal Haaland’s appointment could be, and what possible changes she could promote in the Biden-Harris administration.  However, while the chorus of support for Haaland was widespread, especially among the tribes and progressives, Republican opposition against her nomination is rising, and there is speculation that her confirmation hearing, still expected by close observers to happen next...
    The New Mexico House Democrat that President Biden has picked to lead the Department of the Interior will be -- if confirmed -- the first Native American Cabinet secretary, but her views on the hot-button issue of fracking have been met with resistance from conservatives.  Rep. Deb Haaland was announced in December as Biden’s choice to fill the position that oversees U.S. natural resources and tribal lands. The 60-year-old was first elected to Congress in the 2018 midterms and now says she is "honored and ready to serve" as America’s Secretary of the Interior.  "A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted. "Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land."  Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after then-President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen...
    Former U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (Democrat of New Mexico) listens at House Hearing on the 2020 Census in Washington D.C., U.S., on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Stefani Reynolds/CNP via Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Debra Haaland is making American history. The 60-year-old congresswoman from New Mexico will next month become the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history, when she takes responsibility for the country’s land and natural resources as head of the Department of the Interior under Joe Biden. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo, one of 574 sovereign tribal nations located across 35 states. According to the 2010 census, 5.2 million people or about 2% of the...
    One of President-elect Joe Biden’s most aggressive campaign promises was to ban new oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters to combat climate change. The person Biden selected to implement that policy, his nominee for interior secretary, Rep. Deb Haaland, hails from New Mexico, the state with the nation’s most oil production on federal lands. New Mexico’s portion of the Permian Basin, the world’s largest oil field and one that also straddles West Texas, lies on public land. Last year, the state was the top recipient of federal energy revenues, accounting for $800 million of New Mexico’s budget. Oil and gas lobby groups, New Mexico stakeholders, and environmentalists are watching how Haaland handles that predicament. During the campaign, New Mexico’s Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she would request that Biden provide her state a waiver exempting it from a drilling ban. “It's not surprising they...
    President-elect Joe Biden announced on Thursday he plans to nominate Deb Haaland as the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. Haaland became one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress in 2018. She will serve as Biden’s interior secretary. The Congresswoman from New Mexico is from the Laguna Pueblo tribe. Her jurisdiction will include tribal lands and her department employs more than 70,000 people across the United States. A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior. Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land. I am honored and ready to serve. — Deb Haaland (@DebHaalandNM) December 18, 2020 Haaland identifies as a 35th generation New Mexican. She is also a single mother that started a...
    CLAIM: Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) would be the “first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary.” VERDICT: MOSTLY TRUE. The first Native American member of the Cabinet — though not a “secretary” — was Republican Vice President Charles Curtis. President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that Haaland would be his pick for Secretary of the Interior. Axios reported: “Haaland, 60, would be the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, leading the department that oversees the federal government’s relationship with 567 federally recognized tribes and 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.” It is true that she would be the first Cabinet secretary. But Vice President Curtis, a Republican who served under President Herbert Hoover, was actually the first Native American member of the Cabinet. The Washington Post noted last month — in noting that Curtis, not Kamala Harris, was the first Vice President “of color”: Curtis’s mother was a...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Interior Department marked a historic victory for an alliance of progressives and Indigenous leaders who campaigned relentlessly to elevate one of their own to a powerful federal seat that oversees natural resources, public lands and Indian affairs.A member of Pueblo of Laguna, Haaland will -- if confirmed -- become the first Native American Cabinet secretary. The New Mexico Democrat is also a favorite of the young, diverse progressive activists who vigorously lobbied both the Biden team and House Democratic leadership -- who are holding on to a slim majority after the November elections -- to select her over more familiar names with closer ties to the Democratic Party establishment."A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted on Thursday night. "Growing up in my mother's Pueblo household...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior. She would be the first Native American to lead the agency.  Haaland, 60, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo. The Interior Department has a large influence over the country’s nearly 600 federally recognized tribes, in addition to overseeing federal lands, including wildlife, national parks and mineral wealth.  Native American groups were pleased. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said he was overjoyed, according to The Associated Press.  “It is truly a historic and unprecedented day for all Indigenous people,” he said.  Environmental groups also praised the choice.  “Representative Haaland’s historic appointment means a new era of protection for our wildlife, public lands and waters from the rapacious extractive industries that have ruled the day under the Trump administration,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s critical for Native...
    More On: joe biden Joe Biden adviser tests positive for COVID after Georgia trip Biden’s date with Nemesis and other commentary Biden taps Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior Biden reportedly makes his pick to head the EPA WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s nominee for interior secretary Rep. Deb Haaland is a Green New Deal co-sponsoring progressive who wants an immediate and outright ban on fracking in the United States. If confirmed, Haaland would be responsible for managing all of the nation’s natural resources, including oil, gas and clean coal, and more than 500 million acres of federal and tribal lands. She would also be in charge of making good on Biden’s promises to reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and create more renewable energy sources. While Biden flip-flopped on fracking during the presidential campaign — claiming he would ban it before backing it to woo blue-collar voters...
    (CNN)With President-elect Joe Biden choosing Rep. Deb Haaland as his nominee for interior secretary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have only a three-seat vote margin for her Democratic majority heading into the 117th Congress in a Biden administration.This comes after Democrats lost incumbents across the country and failed to unseat a single House Republican in the November elections.Now Democrats' problems have been exacerbated, since Biden picked three House Democrats -- Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Haaland of New Mexico -- to serve in his administration. While all three members are from safe Democratic districts, it will take time for them to be replaced. What already was a thin margin may now be down to just a handful of votes.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland -- the No. 2 Democrat in the House -- said that with the naming of Haaland for the Biden administration,...
    Progressives are praising President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBooker: Proposed COVID-19 relief bill is 'far short' of desired pandemic aid for states and communities Trump to name Giuliani's son to role on Holocaust Memorial Council Biden would save US .6 billion by halting border wall construction: report MORE's selection of one of only two Native American women ever elected to Congress to serve as his Secretary of the Interior.  "YES!" exclaimed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDeJoy's calendar released by Postal Service is almost entirely redacted Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressive base confused by 'ambiguity' over how to replace Pelosi Democratic Caucus chair predicts 'strong support' for COVID-19 relief package MORE in a tweet on Thursday. "This is a big deal. Historic appointment. A visionary Native woman in charge of federal lands. Unequivocally progressive. Green New Deal champion. Exquisitely experienced."  On Thursday, the Biden transition team announced Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) would be nominated to serve at...
    President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of Interior, a historic pick in the Haaland will be the first Native American put in charge of the agency that oversees tribal lands.   Haaland, who just won a second term in the U.S. House, was supported by a broad coalition of tribal leaders and activists, mainstream Democrats, progressive activists and Hollywood stars.  While Haaland leaving the House will give the Democrats an even smaller majority, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't get in the way, calling the freshman New Mexico congresswoman, 'one of the most respected and one of the best members of Congress I have served with.'  President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American to lead the agency that oversees tribal lands  President-elect Joe Biden had been encouraged to pick...
    More On: joe biden Biden reportedly makes his pick to head the EPA Nikki Haley calls on Biden to keep some of Trump’s foreign policies Team Biden deletes old ad blasting former rival Buttigieg A not-so-loony look at 2020 election results in battleground states: Devine WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has chosen Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as his secretary of the interior. The New Mexico congresswoman, 60, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people and if confirmed, would be the first Native American cabinet secretary, in charge of managing the nation’s vast natural resources and tribal and federal lands. Biden pledged to create the most diverse cabinet in the nation’s history but progressives have been frustrated by the former veep’s stacking of Obama-era officials like John Kerry and Susan Rice in key roles. The appointment of Haaland to the top interior role follows intense lobbying from allies like...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, according to two people familiar with the decision, a historic pick that would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for generations.Tribal leaders and activists around the country, along with many Democratic figures, cheered Haaland's selection after urging Biden for weeks to choose Haaland. They stood behind her candidacy even when concerns that Democrats might risk their majority in the House if Haaland yielded her seat in Congress appeared to threaten her nomination.With Haaland's nomination, Indigenous people will for the first time see a Native American at the table where the highest decisions are made - and so will everyone else, said OJ Semans, a Rosebud Sioux. "It's made people aware that Indians still exist," he said.Haaland, 60, is a member of the...
    President-elect Joe Biden has picked New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior, according to multiple reports. Haaland, a member of Pueblo of Laguna, would be the first American Indian interior secretary since the department was established in 1849. If confirmed, she would be responsible for leading the department that oversees most of the country’s natural resources and approximately 20% of the land in the United States. Haaland, who was elected in 2018 in one of the largest oil- and natural gas-producing states, has pledged to emphasize the use of renewable energy sources if confirmed to the position, according to The Washington Post. The department’s transformation will likely play a significant role towards Biden’s efforts to combat climate change. He has pledged to halt new oil and gas drilling on public lands and has said that he will rejoin the Paris Climate Accords on the first...
    President-elect Joe Biden has picked New Mexico Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland to lead as Secretary of Interior, sources confirmed for Fox News Thursday, making her the first Native American to fill the position that oversees U.S. natural resources and tribal lands. The historic pick was applauded by progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said Haaland would work to strengthen environmentally forward policies like the Green New Deal. TRUMP CAMPAIGN FILES LAWSUIT OVER NEW MEXICO BALLOT DROP BOXES "This is a big deal," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on twitter Thursday afternoon. "Historic appointment. A visionary Native woman in charge of federal lands. Unequivocally progressive. Green New Deal champion. Exquisitely experienced." The pick of 60-year Haaland signifies a shift in how the Department of Interior will function under the Biden administration, focusing not only on environmental policies but how communities in the United States are tied to federal land protections. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX...
    President-elect Joe Biden has chosen New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland to head the Interior Department, which would make her the first Native American to lead the agency that oversees the country's natural resources and public and tribal lands if she is confirmed by the Senate. Tribal leaders and organizers had pushed Mr. Biden to choose Haaland, a member of Pueblo of Laguna, a tribe that has lived on the land that is now New Mexico for eight centuries. The Interior Department has long had a contentious relationship with the 574 federally recognized tribes, and Haaland's nomination indicates that the Biden administration is willing to listen and address the concerns of indigenous people. If confirmed as interior secretary, Haaland will be contending with policies from the Trump administration that have complicated the federal government's relationship with tribes, like removing protections from tribal sites at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-Elect Joe Biden will nominate Representative Deb Haaland to serve as his Interior Secretary, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019, would be the first Native American to oversee the department, whose jurisdiction includes tribal lands. (Reporting by Pete Schroeder) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: environment, United States
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has selected New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, three people familiar with the matter tell CNN, marking another historic choice by nominating the first Native American to lead the department.Haaland was picked, in part, because she is someone who has "spent her career fighting for all Americans, including tribal nations, rural communities, and communities of color," according to a person familiar with the decision.While the Democratic majority in the House is remarkably thin, Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her blessing to Haaland's selection. She issued a statement on Wednesday, which an aide tells CNN was intended to send a green light to the Biden transition and beyond that she supported her nomination."Congresswoman Haaland knows the territory," Pelosi said, "and if she is the President-elect's choice for Interior Secretary, then he will have made an excellent choice."A source familiar with the push to get Haaland...
    Naming Deb Haaland as interior secretary breaks a 245-year record of non-Natives serving as the very top federal official over American Indian affairs. President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision, a historic pick that would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for generations. Tribal leaders and activists around the country, along with many Democratic figures, have urged Biden for weeks to choose Haaland. They stood behind her candidacy even when concerns that Democrats might risk their majority in the House if Haaland yielded her seat in Congress appeared to threaten her nomination. Haaland, 60, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and, as she likes to say, a 35th-generation resident of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Biden to name Deb Haaland interior secretary, first Native American to lead agency overseeing tribal affairs. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Rep. Debra Haaland. In a move pushed by more than 100 Native tribes, environmental advocates, and scores of members of Congress, President-elect Joe Biden picked Rep. Debra Haaland, the progressive representative from New Mexico’s 1st District, to serve as secretary of the Interior, it was announced Thursday. She has been on his short list for the post for months. But there had reportedly been concern among some Democratic leaders that Biden was pulling too many people out of the House of Representatives where the Democratic majority is already slim.  If confirmed by the Senate, the 60-year-old congresswoman will be the first American Indian to serve in the Cabinet. Haaland will only resign from her current post once confirmed, at which time the New Mexico secretary of state will have 10 days to set the date of a special election to fill the 1st District seat. By law that must take place within 77-91 days of its becoming vacant. A long-time...
    President-elect Joe Biden has picked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, a liberal favorite, to lead the Interior Department, the agency charged with overseeing the nation’s vast public lands, according to multiple reports. Haaland would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. Biden chose Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, over retiring Sen. Tom Udall, also of New Mexico. Biden and Udall are longtime friends and the senator's father, Stewart, led the Interior Department in the 1960s. But environmentalists preferred Haaland, who is vice chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which supervises the Interior Department. She was just elected to her second term in the House. Democrats worried about shrinking their slim House majority by losing Haaland. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her blessing, helping seal the deal for Haaland. The Interior Department manages public lands that stretch nearly 20% of the U.S,...
    By Jarrett Renshaw and Valerie Volcovici WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico has emerged as President-elect Joe Biden's leading choice to head the Interior Department, according to three sources familiar with the proceedings, a selection that would make her the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency. The position would give her authority over a department that employs more than 70,000 people across the United States and oversees more than 20% of federal land, including national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite. She has told Reuters she would seek to usher in an expansion of renewable energy production on federal land to contribute to the fight against climate change, and undo President Donald Trump's focus on bolstering fossil fuels output. Two of the sources said that Biden's team is close to finalizing the decision on Haaland, but are weighing concerns about the loss of a...
    Hollywood celebrities, including, This Is Us star Mandy Moore and actress Julianne Moore, are calling on Joe Biden to nominate Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) as United States Secretary of the Interior. Haaland is Native American and the stars say “Native people hold a sacred connection to the natural world.” “It is in this spirit that we, Native American women and Indigenous peoples’ allies, write to urge you to appoint Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Department of the Interior,” the group of 100 women said in a letter published on Thursday. The Hollywood figures who signed the letter include Uzo Aduba, Cher, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Chelsea Handler, Catherine Keener, Alyssa Milano, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Kathy Najimy, Piper Perabo, Zoe Saldana, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Gloria Steinem, Marisa Tomei, Kerry Washington, and Debra Winger, among others. “We are alive at a time when each of our actions will determine the fate of...
    As President-elect Joe Biden has begun rolling out his Cabinet officials, he is facing pressure to choose Congresswoman Deb Haaland as his Interior Secretary. Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, would be the first indigenous person to serve as secretary of the Interior Department. Some of Haaland's greatest support comes from prominent tribal leaders. Members of the Biden transition team spoke with several tribal leaders and organizers in a Zoom call on Thursday afternoon. A source who was on the call told CBS News that the transition team officials steered clear of talking about the Interior Department, and said they would not be able to talk about any personnel decisions. The source said the transition team asked participants in the call to submit questions via email beforehand, and then chose which issues to address on the call. Although none of the questions accepted by the...
    U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo member in New Mexico, has already broken barriers. Haaland, alongside Rep. Sharice Davids, a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Kansas, made history as the first Native women elected to Congress in 2018. Recently, Haaland won her reelection to the House. Speaking of New Mexico’s election results, you might remember that voters actually just elected all women of color to the House for the first time in the state's history. Pretty exciting stuff. Something else that’s pretty exciting? According to The Hill, the transition team for President-elect Joe Biden is vetting Haaland for the interior secretary position. If Biden appoints her, she would be the first Native Cabinet secretary, and that could have a seriously positive impact on Native life today. First, let’s talk about what the Interior Department actually does, as well as why Haaland—and other Native leaders—could be an especially meaningful choice. First, the Interior Department oversees environmental issues...
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    This article is part of Prism's series on Tribal Nations, Voting Rights, & Political Power. Read the rest of the series here. By Rep. Deb Haaland Representation matters. Whether it’s in classrooms, boardrooms, or Congress, the experiences of those in power shape the decisions they make. For too long the same voices—often white, male, privileged—are the only voices that have influenced and shaped public policy. Native women were not represented in Congress until 2018 when Sharice Davids and I became the first Native women elected to the House of Representatives. According to data compiled by Indian Country Today and Advance Native Political Leadership, in 2020, nine Native American women are running for Congress and six will advance to the general election in November: Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids, Lynette Grey Bull, Danyell Lanier, Yvette Herrell, and Paulette Jordan. They join the record number of women running for state and federal...
    Rep. Deb Haaland by Raye Zaragoza As the election nears, it is hard to ignore the dissonant reality of being a woman of color voter in America. We exist within a system that has historically not put our needs first, a system that has oppressed our rights and our voices for generations. It is easy to become discouraged and think—does my vote count? This disparity is precisely why I believe our participation in this system as voters, civilians, politicians, artists—is more important than ever. Not only do our votes count, but generations of women of color to come are counting on them. I had the distinct honor of interviewing Rep. Deb Haaland of the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico, live on my Instagram. Rep. Haaland made history when she became one of the first two Native American women in Congress in 2018. I met Haaland for the...
    Haaland concluded by praising Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as leaders who "respect our past and understand our present." Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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