Haaland Makes Her-story

Cartoon: Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet

In her first official tweet as Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland said, “Thank you@POTUS Biden and@VP Harris. I am honored and ready to work. I look forward to tackling some of the nation’s most pressing issues with @Interior so that future generations can enjoy our public lands and waters for years to come.”  As she walked into her office, Secretary Haaland must have been struck by the portraits of some of her predecessors that hang on the walls in the entry corridor. They have not always been so good to Native Americans.

She made a fashion and a political statement by wearing a traditional Native American skirt and moccasins to her swearing-in yesterday — in order to both honor and call attention to her heritage.  Her first order of business — to begin to undo some of the damage done when the prior administration removed protections on Native American cultural and historic sites.

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