Washington: President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday announced his nominee to serve as his interior secretary who will be leading the agency governing public lands.
Congresswoman Deb Haaland who is a Native American will, if confirmed, become the first indigenous person to lead the department, which also plays a key role in Native American affairs, a BBC report said.
She will also be the first Native American in a cabinet secretary role.
Native rights groups and progressive Democrats had pushed for the New Mexico lawmaker’s nomination in recent weeks.
Ms Haaland, 60, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and made history as one of the first two Native American women ever elected to Congress in 2018.