Representatives from leftist groups parked a mobile digital billboard outside of the Department of Interior’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Thursday to praise newly-minted Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to head the agency in charge of some 500 million acres, or about one-fifth, of the land in the United States. The activists who sponsored the display billed themselves as “Indigenous women, environmental advocates, and citizens concerned about climate change.” The messages displayed on the billboard reveal what direction they want Haaland to take while leading the agency. “Secretary Haaland will be a fierce advocate for clean air and water, for our land, and for its relatives,” Nikki Pitre, executive director at the Center for Native American Youth, said. “This is a proud moment for Indigenous people! Secretary Haaland is the fierce leader we need. She’ll lead us like our ancestors have — from our cultural foundations and teachings rooted in Mother … [Read more...] about Leftists Rally for Interior Sec. Deb Haaland: ‘Indigenous Womxn in Positions of Power Since Before First Contact’
As Native peoples and stewards of Mother Earth, we celebrate the recent confirmation of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Deb Haaland Bald eagle population has quadrupled in last decade White House withdraws deputy Interior secretary amid reported pushback from Murkowski OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies MORE as the first Native person to lead a cabinet agency. For the first time in U.S. history, a Native leader will oversee the Interior Department’s responsibility for the well-being of the nation’s 1.9 million Native people, along with about 500 million acres of public land, federal waters and the endangered species who share our home. This historic moment comes at an especially difficult time, however, as our communities continue experiencing some of the worst … [Read more...] about Native Americans urge Deb Haaland to help tackle pollution in communities of color
The Department of the Interior has been nicknamed “the department of everything else.” Since so many secretaries have come from the American West, we Westerners understand where that nickname comes from. Try to think about all the agencies and bureaus contained within the Department of Interior, then grab a bottle of aspirin. A secretary of the interior must tend to agencies ranging from the Bureau of Reclamation, managing a network of dams that provide water to cities and farms and generate electricity, to the National Park Service, which responds to the desires of vigorous outdoor recreationists and less-vigorous car tourists, while overseeing the preservation and interpretation of the nation’s heritage of places that shape the nation’s sense of identity. The multiple burdens that land on a Secretary of the Interior’s desk also arise from the internal operations of individual bureaus; the Bureau of Land Management, to use a conspicuous example, is charged with one of the most … [Read more...] about Opinion: Secretary Deb Haaland is sure to enrage everyone. She should just embrace it.
Top officials at the Interior Department heard a variety of conflicting perspectives about drilling on federal lands and waters on Thursday amid tensions surrounding the Biden administration's pause on new federal oil and gas leasing. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Deb Haaland Bald eagle population has quadrupled in last decade White House withdraws deputy Interior secretary amid reported pushback from Murkowski OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies MORE on Friday defended the pause as it “gives us space to look at the federal fossil fuel programs that haven’t been meaningfully examined or modernized in decades.” During a public forum on Friday, industry groups, environmentalists, Native leaders and labor organizations were among those that spoke with … [Read more...] about Haaland defends leasing pause during Interior forum
close Video Laid-off Keystone XL worker reacts to Biden’s climate pledge with Canada Kolten Walker weighs in on President Biden’s climate change policies on ‘Fox and Friends First.’ The Senate voted Monday to confirm Deb Haaland as secretary of the interior, filling a position that will play a critical role in implementing President Biden’s planned shift toward green energy. Lawmakers confirmed Haaland by a 51-40 vote. Haaland is the first Native American woman to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees federal and tribal lands and the country’s natural resources. DEB HAALAND: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S INTERIOR SECRETARY PICK Sens. Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Mitt Romney were among the Republican lawmakers who voted against Haaland's confirmation. Video Haaland, 60, had served in Congress as the U.S. representative from New Mexico’s 1st congressional district since 2019. Prior to that role, Haaland was … [Read more...] about Biden nominee Deb Haaland confirmed as secretary of the interior