Deb Haaland, nominated to be the first Native American cabinet secretary, faces GOP opposition

Republicans have called Haaland radical over her support for the Green New Deal. But her views align neatly with President Biden’s climate plan.
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In Indian Country, tears, hope and defiance over nomination of first Native Cabinet secretary

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Ryan Zinke’s official portrait a final slap in the face to Native American tribes

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President Trump to make it easier for hunters to kill bears and wolves in Denali and other national parks in Alaska

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Emails show DOI  falsified fire data for political ends

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