Former Representative Deb Haaland made history today when she was sworn in as the first Native American Secretary of the Interior, and became the first Native American to hold a Cabinet-level position in the United States.
DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding Secretary Haaland’s swearing in:
“Today was a historic day for Native communities across the United States and for New Mexicans who are so proud to see Secretary Haaland break down this barrier. Secretary Haaland is the best person to ensure that the Department of the Interior will consider the needs of all Americans, emphasize the voices of Native communities, and protect our natural heritage for future generations. We’re confident that she will continue to make New Mexico proud as she steps into this new role.”