Support Deb Haaland
Rep. DEB HAALAND for Secretary of the Interior
Global Indigenous Council, the GPTCA and RMTLC urge
US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs members to support
Rep. Haaland for Secretary of Interior.
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19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipeof the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Oyate.
In the wake of Senator Steve Daines’ (R-MT) publicly stated intent to derail the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) for Secretary of the Interior, the Global Indigenous Council, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, and Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council have issued a joint letter urging US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs members to support, Rep. Haaland. From the Pueblo of Laguna, if confirmed, Rep. Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to head Interior, the federal agency that directly oversees Indian Country.
As stated in the letters to Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Daines, the allied Indigenous organizations represent tribes from a huge stretch of territory in the Western US. “Together, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Global Indigenous Council, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association represents every tribe in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and tribal nations in states as geographically disparate as Louisiana, Arizona, and Alaska. In short, a large swath of Indian Country and the citizenry arguably most invested in and impacted by the policies adopted by the Department of Interior.”
The only endangered species threatened by Secretary of Interior Haaland might be . . .
“After Zinke and Bernhardt, it probably is a ‘radical’ idea to have a Secretary of Interior who will protect public lands and not plunder them. Preserve endangered species and not blow them away to hang as trophies on a wall. Who will uphold the federal-Indian trust responsibility and address the crippling disparities in federal services to Indian Country. The only endangered species threatened by Secretary of Interior Haaland might be the likes of Senator Daines’ and Senator Barrasso’s extractive industry cronies.”
Rain Bear Stands Last
Executive Director – Global Indigenous Council.
Unlike so many in high political office . . .
“Unlike many in high political office, Rep. Haaland has never tried to disassociate extractive industry from the clear evidentiary pattern that identifies it with the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis. With the Bakken as just one example, extractive industry man camps at oil and shale fields, and along pipeline and construction routes, provide what has been accurately called ‘the nitroglycerin’ to the MMIWG crisis. There is good reason for tribal nations and their tribal members opposing projects such as the Keystone-XL Pipeline; not only would that have created immense vulnerability to reservation communities along its proposed route, it, like similar initiatives from a bygone age, threatened environmental catastrophe.”
SAYS BILL SNELL: ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRIBAL LEADERS ASSOCIATION