Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund applauds the confirmation of Deb Haaland of Laguna Pueblo on her confirmation to be Secretary of the Interior. Secretary Haaland was confirmed to serve as the United States’ next Secretary of the Interior by a vote of 51-40 in the US Senate. Secretary Haaland will be the first Native person in this role and first ever Native American Cabinet Secretary.
In this historic confirmation, Indian Country will finally be able to see themselves in their Secretary of Interior.
“Secretary Haaland has deep roots in agriculture and serving Native communities,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund. “We are thrilled to be able to call a Native American woman Madam Secretary. She will do an incredible job not only for Indian Country but for the whole country.”
“This is the most historic confirmation Indian Country has ever seen,” said Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville), Director of Programs. “This confirmation means that Indian Country’s issues will be at the forefront and we have full faith that Secretary Haaland will serve us well.”