Senate Republicans say Deb Haaland has “radical views” on Big Oil
“I admit that we are in the ancestral home countries of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan and Piscataway people,” said New Mexico MP Deb Haaland in her opening speeches on the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to the Home Office conduct.
It is likely the first time a cabinet candidate has recognized tribal lands when he testifies before the Senate. If this were confirmed, Haaland – a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe – would be that too First Native American Cabinet Secretary in the history.
But it is their promise to protect the environment and tribal communities that has embraced some members of the Republican Party. In the days leading up to the Tuesday hearing, Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana were both have financial ties to the oil industry,…