STATEMENT on confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior secretary

Mar 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

DENVER—On a 51-40 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland as President Biden’s Secretary of the Interior. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Deb Haaland just made history as America’s first Indigenous cabinet secretary—a landmark that’s more than 200 years overdue. Charged with overseeing more than 400 million acres of American land, Haaland is the right person to lead America’s transition to a renewable energy future. The tasks ahead are enormous, but Deb Haaland knows the role America’s lands must play in stopping climate change, addressing the biodiversity crisis, and preparing communities for the next 200 years.”


  • How conserving 30 percent of the United States’ lands and waters can protect biodiversity, combat climate change, and benefit all Americans [Center for Western Priorities]
  • The sky is not falling on the oil and gas industry [Westwise]
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  • Western voters say “go big” on protecting public lands, conserving nature, and tackling climate change [Westwise]