President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee, Rep. Deb Haaland, opens her confirmation hearing acknowledging her own and regional Native American heritages.
DEBRA HAALAND: [? [SPEAKING KERES] ?]
Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso, members of the Committee, thank you so much for having me here today. I wouldn't be here without the love and support of my child, Somáh, my partner, Skip, who is with me this morning sitting behind me, my mom, Mary Toya, who's watching from Isleta Pueblo, my extended family and generations of ancestors who sacrificed so much so I could be here today. I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people.
As many of you know, my story is unique. Although today I serve as a member of Congress and was the vice chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, if confirmed, I would be the first Native American to serve as Cabinet Secretary.