For Immediate Release
March 15, 2021
Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at email@example.com
SCHATZ COMMENDS CONFIRMATION OF DEB HAALAND AS SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
Haaland is the First Native American Cabinet Secretary in U.S. History
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s confirmation as the country’s first Native American Cabinet Secretary to lead the Department of the Interior.
“Congratulations to Secretary Haaland on her historic confirmation as the first Native American to lead the Department of the Interior. Her leadership on public lands and waters, natural resources management, and climate action as well as her deep connections to Native communities will benefit all Americans,” said Chairman Schatz. “It’s clear Secretary Haaland shares my commitment to consultation with Native leaders to address the real challenges facing Native communities across the country. I look forward to working with her on our shared obligation to uphold the U.S. trust responsibility to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.”