Joe Biden, the elected American president has chosen the lawmaker Deb Haaland as interior secretary and will nominate the North Carolina official Michael Regan to head the Environmental Protection Agency, in two diverse and influential picks to handle crucial issues such as public lands, pollution and the climate crisis. American media reported.
The first Native American cabinet secretary and one of the first Native Americans ever to serve in a US cabinet is Deb Haaland, a progressive Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico since 2019. The department’s jurisdiction covers tribal lands and vast tracts of protected American wilderness, including jewels such as Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks.
In a tweet last Thursday, Haaland said “a voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior”.
“I am honored and ready to serve”, she added.
Haaland is a member of Pueblo of Laguna and would become the first descendant of the original people to populate North America to run the interior department, which has often had a difficult relationship with the 574 federally recognized tribes in the US, the Washington Post reported.