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- Rep. Deb Holann made history again after the Senate confirmed her as President Biden's Home Secretary. Here's what else you need to know about her
- Holann became Home Secretary on March 15
- She was one of the first two Indian women to be elected to Congress
- She is a Pueblo of the Laguna tribe
- She is a dedicated environmentalist
Rep. Deb Holann made history again after the Senate confirmed her as President Biden's Home Secretary. Here's what else you need to know about her
Member of the House of Representatives Deb Holann (Democratic Republic of New Mexico) is ready for a new challenge. One of the first Indian women ever elected to the House of Representatives, Holann is now the first Native American cabinet member of the United States. Holann, 60, will serve as Home Secretary for President Joe Biden. Here are 5 interesting facts you should know about Secretary of State Haaland as she began her new role.
Holann became Home Secretary on March 15
After lengthy hearings, Rep. Holann officially became secretary on March 15, almost two months after Biden took office. Holann faced widespread Republican opposition due to her unwavering struggle against oil and gas exploration. In fact, only four Republican senators voted to approve her: Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan from Alaska, Susan Collins from Maine and Lindsay Graham from South Carolina.
The Department of the Interior controls 500 million acres of state land in the United States, federal waters off the coast, and endangered species conservation.
She was one of the first two Indian women to be elected to Congress
Holann and Sharis Davids (D-KS) were elected in November 2018. Holann is a member of the House Democratic Leadership and Policy Committee and holds the following positions: Co-Chair of the Native American Group, Vice Chair of the Equality Group, Vice Chair of Families and Children Living in Poverty for the Majority Leaders Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, Vice Chair of the Democratic Women Faction, Deputy Chair of Congress for Progressive Movements, Corresponding Member of the Asia Pacific American Congress Group (CAPAC) and member of the Coalition for Sustainable Energy and the Environment.
She is a Pueblo of the Laguna tribe
Holann is a 35th generation New Mexican and registered member of the Laguna Pueblo, a Native American Pueblo tribe in west-central New Mexico. Her mother, Mary Toya, was Laguna (father John David Haaland was a Norwegian from Minnesota). According to the latest census results, 6,758 people in the United States reported they belonged to the Laguna group, and 8,358 people to the Lagun group "solely or in combination with another group." Other notable members of the Laguna tribe include author Leslie Marmon Silko, poet and activist Paula Gunn Allen and artist Michael Kanteina.
As part of her responsibilities as Home Secretary, Holann will take over the management of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education to meet the needs of the approximately five million Native Americans in the United States.
She is a dedicated environmentalist
And that scares the Republicans so much. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Holann's appointment as Home Secretary “would mean a vote to raise gas prices for families already struggling, to raise fuel and heating bills for fixed-income seniors. to get through the hard times."