Deb Haaland

For the first time, the U.S. government is formally acknowledging the scope of its former policy aimed at erasing Native American identity.
Over 500 Native children died at boarding schools the federal government forced them to attend over a 150-year period, the Interior Department reported.
The 117th Congress will have a record six Indigenous members — three Democrat, and three Republican.
In an exclusive interview with HuffPost, Laguna Pueblo tribe member and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland discussed how tackling the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women has become one of her top priorities.
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has formally declared the term "squaw" to be derogatory and wants to remove the word from use by the federal government.
The auction comes after the administration announced a flurry of clean energy actions Wednesday.
GOP senators have slowed down the confirmation process, and nominees of color have been disproportionately affected.
"No longer do Indigenous people have to occupy a site to get the attention of the government,” said the interior secretary.
"Our nation’s lands and waters should be places to celebrate the outdoors ... not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression," said the interior secretary.
The legislation aims to help heal the “intergenerational trauma” caused by the government forcing generations of Native children into white assimilation schools.