Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee scheduled their vote for the nomination of Representative Debra Haaland (NM-01) to take place this Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10am. You can view the hearing here: energy.senate.gov/hearings/2021/3/business-meeting
On December 17, 2020, then President-elect Biden made a historic choice for his Secretary of Interior by selecting Representative Debra Haaland (NM-01, Laguna Pueblo Citizen) to become the first Native American to lead that agency.
To say this nomination is a historic moment in Indian Country would be an understatement – not only is Rep. Haaland the first Native American nominated to a presidential cabinet position but, if confirmed, Rep. Haaland would be the head of the most critical Federal Agency that has shaped Indian policy for decades. Because of this, we strongly urge all of our Member Tribes to write their Senators in support of her confirmation and call for a speedy confirmation process.
Rep. Haaland has worked hard to be a fierce advocate for Indian Country and has been an advocate and trailblazer during her career in public office.
The Department of Interior has a unique treaty and fiduciary obligation to tribal nations, and it is critical that its leadership and employees reflect the communities it serves. It is time that one of our own from Indian Country is at the head of the Department of Interior, and as the stewards of this land from time immemorial, we are more than confident that she will lead the Department into a future that protects our land and treaty rights as Native peoples.
We have included a template letter below for your Tribe to write the leadership of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to advance Rep. Haaland’s confirmation to the Senate floor for a full vote. Please contact Danielle Her Many Horses at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns with this alert.