Joe Biden wants to nominate Deb Haaland as Home Secretary, according to media reports. She is said to be the first female minister of indigenous descent in US history.

According to media reports, Deb Haaland becomes Secretary of the Interior under President-elect Joe Biden – making it the first female indigenous minister in US history. The Washington Post and the New York Times reported on Thursday that Biden had chosen the 60-year-old MP for the post. The Democrat had promised to put together a cabinet that would represent the diversity of American society.

Haaland is from the state of New Mexico and belongs to the Pueblo or Laguna tribe. Haaland and her fellow party member Sharice Davids were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 as the first indigenous people in history.

The 60-year-old should now move to the head of the Interior Ministry. Your nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

In the US, the Department of the Interior is responsible for the management of federally owned land and natural resources and is therefore not comparable to the German Department of the Interior. The ministry is responsible for, among other things, the issuing of oil and gas drilling permits and the management of national parks. The reserves of the indigenous population are also the responsibility.

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