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Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior


Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is placed under oath during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of the Interior on March 28, 2019. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky with a controversial nominee headed to the top position at the Department of the Interior.

Despite longstanding questions about his ethical behaviors, David Bernhardt is all but certain to be confirmed as the Secretary of the Interior, the government official with the most responsibility in Indian Country. Republicans who control the Senate are making sure of that, by advancing his nomination on Thursday, barely a week after his nomination hearing during which he promoted energy development on tribal lands as "sovereignty" for the first Americans.


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