Senate has confirmed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. She’ll be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in history.
The Senate confirmed Deb Haaland as the Secretary of the Interior in a 51-40 vote on Monday, Indian Country Today reported. A member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, she is the first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary. Haaland will be in charge of managing roughly one-fifth of the land in the United States, according to NPR, and will play a major role in addressing the climate crisis. The extraction of fossil fuels from public lands accounts for about 25 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, NPR noted.