Indian Country Gripped By Haaland Hearing For Interior Secretary

Feb 23, 2021

For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. 

This photo provided by Debbie Nez-Manuel shows her husband, Royce Manuel, left and Nez-Manuel at their home at the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Community northeast of Phoenix on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The couple will be among Native Americans who will be closely watching the confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
Credit Debbie Nez-Manuel via AP


She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political stances have been molded by her upbringing. Haaland's confirmation hearing Tuesday will be closely watched in Indian Country with virtual parties amid a pandemic. Tribes and tribal organizations have for weeks been urging people to write to and call U.S. senators who will decide if she lands the job. Haaland is in her second term representing New Mexico in Congress.