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Biden Urged to Make Haaland First Native American in Cabinet (1)

Nov. 20, 2020, 3:14 PM

A campaign to pressure President-elect Joe Biden to put Representative Deb Haaland in charge of the Interior Department -- and make her the first American Indian cabinet secretary in U.S. history -- is gaining ground in Washington.

The effort, which involves lawmakers, tribal leaders and some environmentalists, also is making headway with Biden transition officials, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing deliberations over personnel.

Haaland, who was just elected to her second term in the House, is a top contender for the post of Interior secretary along with retiring Senator Tom ...