Biden Taps NM Rep. As 1st Native American Interior Secretary

Law360 (December 17, 2020, 9:23 PM EST) -- President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., for interior secretary on Thursday, putting the Pueblo of Laguna member in line to become the first Native American to head the agency.

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to become secretary of the interior. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) "Haaland is a barrier-breaking public servant who has spent her career fighting for families, including in Tribal Nations, rural communities, and communities of color," a statement from the Biden transition team said. "If confirmed, she will make history as the first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary."

Haaland became one of...

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