U.S. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Native American Deb Haaland to head the U.S. Department of the Interior.
If her nomination to head the Interior Department will be approved by the Senate, the 60-year-old Haaland will become the first representative of the indigenous population in the history of the United States, who received the post of Secretary of the Interior. In her new position, she will work on land-use issues and will participate in implementing Biden’s proposed climate change policies.
The politician said she would be honored to help Biden’s team “rebuild the government-tribal relationship that has been undermined by the Trump administration.” Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo Indian tribe near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Earlier, Biden had already named candidates for other key positions in his government. He nominated former Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen to head the Treasury Department, and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. The Senate will not consider the nominees until the end of January.