President-elect Joe Biden today announced that Representative Deb Haaland (NM-01) will be nominated to join the Biden administration as Secretary of the Interior, making history as the first Native person to hold the office. Representative Haaland is a longtime community organizer, a former DPNM Chair, and was recently re-elected to her second term representing New Mexico’s first district. As Secretary of the Interior, she would be a leader in delivering on the Biden administration’s promises to address climate change, conserve public lands, and meet the needs of Native communities.
“Representative Haaland’s historic nomination as Secretary of the Interior is a testament to her years of dedicated service and passionate leadership both in New Mexico and in the United States Congress through her role as Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “Representative Haaland will be an advocate for tribal communities as she works to protect tribal sovereignty, preserve public lands, and address the ongoing threat of climate change. We know that she will continue to proudly represent New Mexico and tribal communities across the nation as she joins President Biden’s cabinet.”