Partisan Fight Over Deb Haaland, First Native American Cabinet Pick

"President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Democrats see her as embodying the hopes of the new administration; Republicans object to her activism."

"WASHINGTON — When Representative Deb Haaland was tapped in December to be President Biden’s interior secretary, the decision was hailed as historic. She was the first Native American ever nominated to serve in cabinet — in this case to head a department that, for much of the nation’s history, has mistreated and neglected Indigenous Americans.

On Tuesday, when she faces her confirmation hearing, another label will be applied to her nomination: embattled.

No other Biden nominee to head a cabinet department has divided the political parties as sharply. To her considerable number of supporters, she embodies the hope of the Biden era, an activist second-term representative from New Mexico who would break ground like no other member of the cabinet, ethnically and politically."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times February 22, 2021.


"First Native American Picked To Run Interior Dept. Says: ‘It’s Not About Me.’ It’s About ‘All Of Us.’" (Washington Post)

"Haaland: Fossil Fuels Will 'Play A Major Role,' But Climate Must Be Addressed" (The Hill)

"Interior Nominee Deb Haaland Vows 'Balance' On Energy, Climate" (AP)

"#DebForInterior: ‘We Are Ready To Make History’" (Indian Country Today)

Source: NYTimes, 02/23/2021