Special to Atmore News
Poarch Band of Creek Indians Chairwoman Stephanie A. Bryan congratulated Representative Deb Haaland, the first Native American nominated to lead a Department, after President- Elect Biden nominated her to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The Department of Interior has jurisdiction over a wide variety of government programs, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Bryan released the following quote:
“My friend Deb has been a great advocate for Tribes during her time in the House of Representatives, and for that I want to thank her. It has been a pleasure to get to know her and see her passion for tribal priorities, and the Poarch Creek Indians have no doubt she will ably lead the Interior Department.”
Representative Haaland has represented New Mexico’s First Congressional District since 2018. She was one of two Native American women to be elected to the House that year, making her one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Following this historic nomination, Haaland will now face Senate confirmation.