The progressive veterans organization Common Defense applauded President-Elect Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior, shortly following an announcement from the Biden transition team.
“We are thrilled with the President-Elect’s decision to nominate Rep. Haaland for Interior Secretary,” said Jose Vasquez, the Executive Director of Common Defense. “We know Rep. Haaland will bring the same commitment to responsible environmental policy she has demonstrated in Congress to her stewardship of the U.S. interior. This is also an important moment for Native communities throughout the United States who for far too long have been relegated to second-class citizens. Common Defense is proud to have endorsed Rep Haaland in her election to Congress in 2018, and we enthusiastically congratulate her and look forward to supporting her efforts to combat climate change – the greatest existential threat we face.”
Both of Rep Haaland’s parents served in the military, and she has been a steadfast ally to the Veteran community. If confirmed, Rep. Haaland would be the first Native American ever appointed to serve in a cabinet position. As Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Haaland would oversee the management of roughly 20% of U.S. land; including tribal territories.