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Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start


December 29, 2020

National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp, left, posing in February 2020 with Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., who has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be Secretary of the Interior. NCAI, like most tribal organizations, welcomed the nomination of Haaland – who would be the first Native American to be a Cabinet secretary – as a good omen for relations with the Biden administration. File photo by McKenzie Sadeghi / Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception.

Their hopes were reinforced last week when Biden nominated a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to be secretary of Interior. If approved, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

Reaction from Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr., who welcomed "the historic nomination of Congresswoman Haaland," was typical of tribal responses.


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