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Hearing to Consider the Nomination of the Honorable Debra Haaland to be the Secr…

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The hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. in Room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. The hearing will be continued at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in Room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 

The purpose of the hearing is to consider the nomination of the Honorable Debra Haaland to be the Secretary of the Interior.

Members of the committee may participate in person or online. The committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot

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Haaland OK’d at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet head | PA Power and Policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for nearly two centuries.

Haaland was confirmed by a 51-40 vote, the narrowest margin yet for a Cabinet nomination by President Joe Biden. Four Republicans voted yes: Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Democrats and tribal groups hailed Haaland’s confirmation as historic, saying her selection means that Indigenous people — who lived in North America before the United States was created — will for the first time see a Native American lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made. Interior also oversees a host of other issues,

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Republicans still skeptical of Interior nominee Haaland after first session | Tribune

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., didn’t appear to win many converts Tuesday among the Republicans most skeptical of her nomination to be Interior secretary, despite testifying that she understands what oil and gas production means to their communities.

“As I’ve learned in this role, there’s no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come,” Haaland said in her opening statement before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “I know how important oil and gas revenues are to critical services. But we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating, and our climate challenge must be addressed.”

The committee’s Democratic chairman, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, has indicated he remains on the fence about the nomination. Haaland’s critics are hoping the confirmation hearing will highlight her opposition to fossil fuels, thereby swaying Manchin to oppose

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Biden to tap Deb Haaland as first Native American interior secretary

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“A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior,” Haaland wrote in a tweet Thursday evening. “Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land. I am honored and ready to serve.”

The transition team on Thursday also announced key members of Biden’s climate team, including Brenda Mallory, an environmental lawyer who is nominated to serve as the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Ali Zaidi, a climate expert and longtime Biden adviser who will serve as deputy national climate adviser.

Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, is Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Energy, Michael Regan, who runs the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, is Biden’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Gina McCarthy, a former … Read More

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Haaland nomination to Interior Department ‘an unprecedented nod to Indian country’ | Nation

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As the chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Lance Morgan says he knows who makes the big decisions in an organization.

That’s why he was pleased Thursday to learn Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., will be nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as the first Native American to lead the Interior Department.

After all, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, located within the department, answers to the person sitting in the secretary’s chair.

“We’ve never had somebody who’s given the orders before,” Morgan said.

A member of Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, Haaland’s role as Interior secretary could mark a turning point for an agency that has often had a fraught and, at times, bitter relationship with federally recognized tribes. Haaland would assume the helm of a massive bureaucracy that manages federal land, offshore drilling and leasing, endangered species, mining cleanup,

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