Historic Interior Secretary Nominee Underscores Biden Administration’s Commitment to Restoring Wildlife, Public Lands, Tribal Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden’s historic decision to nominate U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior is a clear sign the new administration is deeply committed to tackling America’ wildlife and climate crises and authentically engaging with Native American Tribes and Indigenous communities.

Haaland, who would be the first Native American member of a presidential Cabinet and the first Native American leader of the Interior Department, has been a champion for investing in conservation solutions. She is one of 185 co-sponsors of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and has been a leading voice for keeping faith with the Interior Department’s mission.

“Americans cherish their public lands and the clean water and habitat they provide, but these natural treasures are at risk. President-elect Biden’s innovative climate plan will conserve our public lands and waters, restore wildlife populations, and honor our Tribal commitments. By nominating Representative Deb Haaland, President-elect Biden is signaling that his administration is committed to delivering for future generations through his bold agenda,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The challenges our public lands face are too important for any delays. The U.S. Senate should swiftly take up her historic nomination, so she can get to work.”

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