Indigenous, environmental groups celebrate Haaland’s Cabinet confirmation

By Brian Roewe


March 17, 2021

Indigenous tribes and environmental faith groups celebrated the confirmation of Deb Haaland as the next secretary of the interior, who is set to be sworn in March 17 as the first Native American to serve in the Cabinet and as custodian of the nation's 500 million acres of public lands.

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 50-41 in support of Haaland's appointment by President Joe Biden to head the Department of the Interior. The vote fell largely along party lines, with just four Republicans in favor.

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