Washington, DC—Following the confirmation of Deb Haaland as U.S. Secretary of the Interior this evening, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“We congratulate Deb Haaland on her confirmation as the first Native American in U.S. history to hold a position in the White House cabinet and to be named secretary of the Department of the Interior. This is a major victory for Indigenous rights, equity, and clean energy. During her time in Congress, Ms. Haaland has been a strong supporter of progressive policies that protect public lands, shift America away from reliance on fossil fuels and towards clean energy solutions, and promote equity for Indigenous peoples in America. We know Secretary Haaland will continue prioritizing these issues and more at the Interior Department. As a member of the Laguna Pueblo, it is significant that Ms. Haaland will lead the department responsible for honoring special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper. We are excited about the progress that Secretary Haaland will make for America during her tenure.”
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.