March 5, 2021

#DEBFORINTERIOR FACTS

As the Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland is the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary and the second-highest-ranking enrolled Native American to ever serve in the federal government.

Who is Representative Deb Haaland 

  • As the Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland is the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary and the second-highest-ranking enrolled Native American to ever serve in the federal government. while she may be the first, she will certainly not be the last.
  • Haaland is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico
  • Along with Sharice Davids, she is one of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress
  • Secretary Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people and a 35th-generation New Mexican.
  • Haaland has spent her entire career fighting to protect public lands, waters, monuments and cultural sites, and is a champion for the creation of good-paying clean energy and outdoor recreation jobs. 
  • In Congress, Secretary Haaland is known for her steadfast commitment to bipartisanship, and has led, co-sponsored and whipped influential and bipartisan votes for more bills than any other freshman. 
  • Deb Haaland’s confirmation marks the dawn of a new day at the Department of Interior and across the entire federal government, as her expertise and lived experience will help chart a course that brings  long-overdue reclamations for the wounds the federal government has inflicted on Tribal communities, and ensures that ALL communities will have a seat at every table.
  • Secretary Haaland’s historic confirmation is one that should be celebrated loudly and proudly. Her nomination captured the eyes of Tribal communities across the nation, and her confirmation today has shown a generation of Native American children that anything is possible. 

Haaland’s legislation has had more Senate companions than any other representative’s in the 116th Congress. 

Haaland passed four Progressive bills in the 116th congress:

  • Progress for Indian Tribes Act – Bill aims to uphold the government-to-government relationship and fulfill the trust responsibility that the federal government has with Tribal Nations.
  • Native American Business Incubators Program Act – This bill establishes a grant program to provide business incubation and other business services to Native American entrepreneurs and businesses. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of the Interior to establish a grant program in the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development for establishing and operating business incubators that serve Native American communities.
  • Not Invisible Act – This bill increases the coordination of efforts to reduce violent crime within Indian lands and against Indians.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Advisory Committee Act – This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs to advise the VA on matters relating to Native American tribes, tribal organizations, and Native American veterans.

In an era of partisan gridlock, she has seen three of her acts signed into law: one strengthening tribal self-government, another incubating Native American small business and a third coordinating cross-agency actions to address the grisly phenomenon of Indigenous women turning up missing and murdered.

What is the Department of Interior?

Voters Support Native LeadersHip In The Interior:

Voters Support New Interior Department Policies Put Forth by President Biden:

Download graphics here to share on your social media pages or use for educational purposes: 

5 Reasons Why Rep. Deb Haaland Should Be Secretary of the Interior 

Rep. Deb Haaland’s Legislative Track Record 

So You Want to Talk About Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior 

So You Want to Talk About The Department of the Interior 

Five Articles and MEMOS to Read on Rep. Deb Haaland’s Nomination as Secretary of Interior

What a Joe Biden Cabinet Pick Would Mean for Native Americans and Democrats 
– Julian Brave Noisecat 

Native Americans Finally Have  Cabinet Nominee. Will an Adopted Tlingit Take Her Down 
– Julian Brave Noisecat 

Six Popular Policies Rep. Deb Haaland Can Enact As Secretary of the Interior 
– Data for Progress 

When Justice and Politics Match: Deb Haaland Should be Biden’s Interior Secretary 
– Data For Progress

April 2022 Edition

Stay Informed. Take Action.

Subscribe to the NDN allies newsletter

Sign up to get our newsletter. Delivered once per month.

We care about the protection of your data and would never sell your email or share it with anyone without your permission.

NDN Collective Launches Community Engagement Survey for Distributing Nearly $50M to Native People in SD, ND, and MN Posted 5 months ago
“We have an ambitious goal of hearing from over 20,000 Native individuals situated in the tri-state area. Our voices and lived experiences matter - and so do our visions and dreams for an abundant future.”
Meet the Collective Abundance Fund Regional Advisory Committee Posted 5 months ago
The Regional Advisory Committee will be key to building the regenerative movement while supporting reciprocal relationships that are marked by collective learning, knowledge sharing and consideration of diverse insight as part of NDN Collective’s respective areas of work and commitment.
NDN Collective Announces “Community Action Fund” for Indigenous Frontline Organizers Posted 5 months ago
Grants up to $30,000 offered to support on the ground organizers and movement builders who stand on the frontlines to defend Indigenous Peoples inherent rights to self-determination and equity for all people and the planet.
NDN Collective Calls for Boycott of Rapid City Businesses with Racist Policies Posted 5 months ago
The goal for the ongoing boycott is to discourage community members from supporting businesses with racist policies & practices, and instead encourage them to use buying power to impact change by redirecting their dollars to businesses that stand in solidarity with Indigenous people.
NDN Collective Responds to DOI Announcement of Reformed Onshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales Posted 6 months ago
“We must carry this win forward to remain steadfast in our work to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and we must also turn our attention to reforming offshore oil and gas leasing. It is clear that the Department of Interior has been paying attention to the need for making decarbonization more accessible to Native and Indigenous homes, communities, and Tribal Nations, and we need that accessibility to extend even further."
NDN Collective Announces Regional Advisory Committee to Guide Design of $50M Collective Abundance Fund Posted 6 months ago
Native community leaders and representatives from reservation and urban areas in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota selected to support the development of the Collective Abundance Fund from a $50M Bush Foundation award to NDN Collective to support closing the racial wealth gap.
NDN Collective Responds to SD Gov. Noem's Executive Order Restricting Critical Race Theory Posted 6 months ago
“Noem’s executive order is yet another move that tragically diminishes the capacity of our young people to see difficult historical truths with empathy. We need leadership whose actions ensure all of our youth will have enriching learning opportunities that prepare them for a transformative future."
NDN Collective Response to IPCC Report Pointing to Colonialism as Climate Change Driver Posted 6 months ago
The IPCC report acknowledging colonialism as a driver of climate change reinforces what Indigenous Peoples across the globe have been declaring for decades.
NDN Collective Releases Position Paper on Palestine Posted 6 months ago
"Today on Palestinian Land Day (يوم الأرض), we uplift the sacrifices that our people have made and continue to make so that we can fight for a liberated future and a dignified present. As Palestinians living in exile on Turtle Island, we have learned so much from our siblings in struggle and are grateful for their inspiring courage in the face of so much adversity."
'The Right OF Return Is LANDBACK'

By NDN Collective's LANDBACK Team

Posted 6 months ago
Today on Palestinian Land Day, we uplift the ongoing struggle of our Palestinian relatives for liberation of their homeland and full return for all Palestinian people. We reaffirm that our solidarity as people runs deep and is both historical and ongoing.

United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future. Through a holistic approach to infrastructure, funding, advocacy, movement building, and philanthropy we are fostering a world of justice and equity for all people and the planet.