Tribes slam GOP lawmaker for trying to derail Haaland nomination

The Minnesota lawmaker's efforts to oppose President-elect Biden's pick to lead the Interior Department receives fierce backlash in his district.


January 20, 2021

Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., who sits on the House’s subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples, has been asking fellow lawmakers to join him in urging Biden’s transition team to withdraw Haaland’s nomination. In a draft of a letter obtained by NBC News, Stauber cites Haaland’s support for the Green New Deal and opposition to oil and gas drilling on public lands.

“Nominating Representative Haaland is a direct threat to working men and women and a rejection of responsible development of America’s natural resources,” Stauber wrote in his letter, a copy of which he circulated to fellow House members asking them to add their names.

Now all five tribes in Stauber’s congressional district (Mille Lacs, Leech Lake, Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage) are accusing him of blindsiding them and appeasing big industrial interests at their expense.


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