Native leaders in Minnesota celebrate Haaland's historic confirmation to head Interior
March 19, 2021
U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president's cabinet.
In a 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run a $21 billion agency that manages more than 450 million acres of public lands, including 50 million acres of Bureau of Land Management land in Nevada - as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
She was backed by four Republican senators: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.