More than 100 elected tribal leaders plan to write a letter urging Biden to appoint an indigenous person to his cabinet

  • More than 100 elected tribal leaders plan to call on President-elect Joe Biden to appoint an Indigenous person to his cabinet — particularly to the Interior Department, HuffPost reported Tuesday.
  • “We’ve never had a Native American serve in any Cabinet position,” Bryan Newland, tribal chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan who led the charge on the letter to Biden, told HuffPost. “Rep. Haaland is more than qualified and capable of serving as secretary of interior and would be a great choice.”
  • When asked by HuffPost on Sunday if she would be open to taking the position, Haaland told the news outlet that she would “of course” be interested in the position if tapped by Biden.

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