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BIDEN SELECTS FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN TO LEAD THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Thursday announced New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his nominee for interior secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.”A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior,” Haaland wrote in a tweet Thursday evening. “Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land. I am honored and ready to serve.”The transition team on Thursday also announced key members of Biden’s climate team, including Brenda Mallory, an environmental lawyer who is nominated to serve as the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Ali Zaidi, a climate expert and longtime Biden adviser who will serve as deputy national climate adviser.Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, is Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Energy, Michael Regan, who runs the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, is Biden’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Gina McCarthy, a former head of the EPA, will be Biden’s national climate adviser, the transition team announced. CNN had previously reported these picks.

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