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Senate Confirmation For First Native American Cabinet Member Draws Close

Deb Haaland
U.S. House of Representatives
Deb Haaland

Another Senate confirmation hearing for one of President Biden’s Cabinet is scheduled later this week. If approved, this would be a first in the nation’s history.

Deb Haaland would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency if confirmed as secretary of Interior. She is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe in New Mexico.

A confirmation hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Haaland is expected to have enough votes to secure the post, despite Republican opposition over her support of the Green New Deal.

President Biden has committed to regular consultation with tribal nations on federal policies and projects that affect them. The Interior Department has scheduled a series of talks with tribes in March on health, the economy, racial justice and the environment.

Haaland has served two terms as a U.S. congresswoman from New Mexico.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.