The president-elect of U.S, Joe Biden, has proposed this Thursday to the congresswoman for New Mexico, Deb Haaland, as new secretary of the Interior, who, if confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Native American to hold the position.
Haaland, 60, was one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress in 2018, where she has dedicated herself to trying to improve conditions in Native communities, such as assistance during the pandemic, as well as environmental policies. and against climate change.
“A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary, nor has it been in charge of the Department of the Interior,” Haaland wrote on his Twitter account. “Growing up in my mother’s house in Pueblo made me strong. I will be strong for all of us, our planet and all of our protected land. I feel honored and ready to serve.”
Haaland, who until now has been vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, is part of the Pueblo Laguna Native American community, although she also has a heritage from Pueblo Jemez, communities located in the southwestern United States.
If confirmed, Haaland would be part of Biden’s plan to constitute what would be the most diverse administration in the history of the White House, thus reflecting the diversity of the United States.
The United States Department of the Interior is one of the largest agencies in Washington, with which natural resources are administered, including natural parks and oil or gas fields, as well as the country’s cultural heritage, in addition to managing the relations of the Federal government with 578 recognized Native American communities.