I'm not sure that enough people understand what the Department of the Interior oversees in our government, so I'm going to take it upon myself to explain in the simplest terms possible to illustrate how impactful the appointment of Rep. Deb Haaland to be the Secretary of the Interior is. It didn't exactly come as a shock, but I woke up this morning and the enormity of it is still pounding at me.
According to their website, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior "uses sound science to manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, honors our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations, and advocates for America’s island communities. As keepers of our nation’s legacy, we manage the resources in our care to benefit Americans now and in the future."
President-Elect Biden's decision to appoint a Native American to that position for, unbelievably, the first time in our country's history, is brilliant. Especially after the last decade of the Dakota Access Pipeline land rights treaty violations and protests for Indigenous Sovereignty. To finally have someone in the position who understands and values the sacredness of the land and water and air is inspiring and an inspired choice.