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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is given the oath of office in March by Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. She is the most high-profile of a number of Indigenous nominations by the Biden administration, including Janie Simms Hipp’s appointment as counsel to the Agriculture Department.

For the first time in history, an Indigenous woman is overseeing U.S. agriculture law – but Janie Simms Hipp is just the latest in a number of Native Americans nominated to top posts in the Biden administration. Read more»

Charles F. Sams III, who has worked in environmental preservation roles for more than 25 years, became the first Native American nominated to lead the Park Service, when announced by Pres. Biden on Wednesday, alongside four other picks for roles in various federal agencies. Read more»