The Interior Department now led by a Native American: Deb Haaland!

Opinions ahead. Some of you may know that I am involved with Native American historical and genealogical research and related work. I have been working with Tribes and law firms since the early 1990s. I have read thousands of pages of documents in the National Archives, historical societies, other archives, and online that have made me both sad and infuriated at how other human beings were treated.

National Public Radio today stated “Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.”

Finally, this country has a Native American heading the Interior Department! Think about that. A Native American heading the agency that oversees land in this country. Land that was largely taken from Native Americans. The new Secretary of the Interior is also female. I am doubly happy. Congratulations to Deb Haaland of New Mexico. She has been serving her state in the House of Representatives.

I truly hope there is cooperation and healing that will start to take place. Congress, are you listening? Everyone?

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