WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – According to media reports, the elected US President Joe Biden wants to appoint an Native American woman as a cabinet minister for the first time in US history. Biden wants to nominate Congressman Deb Haaland (60) from the state of New Mexico as Secretary of the Interior, reported the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN on Thursday (local time) in agreement. Should Haaland – who belongs to the Pueblo of Laguna tribe – be approved by the Senate, the United States would have a Native American as minister for the first time.
In the United States, the Department of the Interior is primarily responsible for the administration of the federally owned land. The ministry decides, for example, whether nature reserves are designated or whether energy generation such as fracking is permitted. The area of responsibility also includes matters relating to the approximately 1.9 million indigenous people. Internal security – which in Europe is the responsibility of the home offices – is the responsibility of the home security department in the USA.
The Washington Post wrote of Biden’s historic decision “which marked a turning point in the US government’s relationship with the nation’s indigenous peoples.” Haaland was among the first two women to be elected Native to Congress in 2018. There she sits on the Natural Resource Committee that oversees the Home Office. Democrat Biden has promised to set up a cabinet with ministers from a wide variety of backgrounds./cy/DP/mis