Deb Haaland took the oath of office to become the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior yesterday in a small ceremony with family. Her first full day as Interior Secretary is today. The oath of office was administered by Chief of Staff Jennifer Van der Heide. A ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Kamala Harris will be announced later this week.
Upon taking her oath, Haaland said, “Together, we will work to advance President Biden’s vision to honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes, address the climate and nature crises, advance environmental justice, and build a clean energy future that creates good-paying jobs and powers our nation.”
In addition to the management of federal lands in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management, the Interior Department is responsible for implementing federal laws and policies related to American Indians and Alaska Natives, and administering and managing over 55-million acres of land held in trust by the US federal government for Indian Tribes.