Joe Biden to select Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, reports say. She will be the first Native American to hold that position, if confirmed. The Department of the Interior is home to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Haaland, 59, is an enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna Native American tribe and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Ref. USAToday
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Democratic New Mexico congresswoman Deb Haaland, who hopes to become the first Native. American Cabinet secretary in U.S. History, faces confirmation hearings Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Many Native Americans are hopeful Haaland, 60, can improve the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs and help fix inadequate healthcare, poor education and crumbling infrastructure. But she must also weigh the needs of other factions, including energy companies looking to extract mineral rights and conservation groups hoping to preserve the national parks. Ref. USAToday.