President-elect Joe Biden introduces Interior nominee Deb Haaland
Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce key members of their climate and energy team, including Secretary of the Interior nominee Deb Haaland. Haaland, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would be the first Native American to lead the Department of the Interior. The agency includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, as well as the newly-created Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, which is assuming most of the duties of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. Haaland would also be the first Native person to serve in a modern-day presidential cabinet. She is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, an Indian nation based in New Mexico. The event is taking place in Wilmington, Delaware.