Biden taps Haaland as first Native American to run Interior: US media

Washington (AFP) – US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen congresswoman Deb Haaland to serve as the first Native American interior secretary, US media reported Thursday, in a move that could recast the department’s often troubled ties with indigenous tribes. Haaland is a first-term Democrat from New Mexico in the US Congress and a member of the Laguna Pueblo people. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first Native American to lead a cabinet-level department. The choice fits with Biden’s much-publicized pledge to form the most diverse White House cabinet in history. The Interior D…

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