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Haaland's Confirmation Cheered by SD Tribal Leader


Tuesday, March 16, 2021   

LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- The U.S. government now has its first Native American serving in a Cabinet leadership post.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., was confirmed as Interior Secretary in a Senate vote yesterday, and a South Dakota tribal leader is expressing great optimism as she steps into the role.

The Interior Department manages the nation's natural resources and cultural heritage, and oversees the federal government's relationship with Native American tribes.

Neil "Cody" Russell, Vice Chair of the Lower Brule Tribal Council, thinks she will be a powerful force in Washington for those who consistently have been overlooked.

"I think she'll make some pretty good decisions for the Natives in and around the United States," Russell remarked.

He explained he's confident Haaland will be a fierce defender of environmental concerns among tribes, including fossil fuel projects.

President Joe Biden already has canceled a key permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but faces pressure to intervene in the Dakota Access Pipeline as well.

Haaland faced opposition from a number of GOP senators, including those from oil-producing states, who say she has "radical" opposition to new oil and gas leases.

Russell countered it's reassuring to have someone who Natives feel will respect and honor treaties with tribal governments. He hopes it leads to more positive movement in lands being reclaimed.

"Give the [American] Indians a chance, the Natives a chance in what they were supposed to receive through treaties but didn't," Russell argued.

Some of Haaland's opponents have described her views and policies as partisan, but her supporters note during her short time in Congress, she introduced many bills that received bipartisan backing.

South Dakota's two U.S. senators, both Republicans, voted against her nomination.

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