President-elect Joe Biden plans to appoint Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Interior Minister. She will be the first indigenous person to hold this office.
Haaland, 60, representing New Mexico in Congress, belongs to the Laguna pueblo.
The Ministry of the Interior has a great influence on the lives of 600 federally recognized tribes in the country.
In addition to supervising federal lands, the agency’s jurisdiction includes the protection of nature, national parks and minerals.
Native Americans welcomed the news. Navajo President Jonathan Nez said he was delighted, the Associated Press reported.
“This is a truly historic and unprecedented day for all indigenous peoples,” he said.