Haaland Confirmed as Interior Secretary

Mar 19, 2021 | News

Native Law Group joins Indian Country in celebrating the historic confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland as the 54th Secretary of the Interior and the first Native American Cabinet secretary.  Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday evening, March 15, by a 51-40 vote. Four Republican Senators voted in favor of her confirmation: Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Haaland was sworn in on Tuesday, March 16, in a small ceremony with family members and key staff.  She began work at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday, March 17.  

Watch the ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Kamala Harris here.

Haaland will lead one of the most important federal agencies for Indian tribes. While every agency is responsible for upholding the United States’ government-to-government and trust relationship with Indian tribes, the Department of the Interior touches almost every aspect of Indian affairs.