Deb Hollande becomes a chance to fix an agency that works with contempt to become interior secretary

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For many Native Americans, the Department of the Interior is known as a back-alley for shills, thieves and devious, money-hungry American Indian hateful cronies.

But now, we will have our own move to take out the mice and correct old mistakes.

On Thursday, President-Elect Joe Biden raped. Deb Holland, DNM, was elected its candidate for the next Secretary of the Interior Department. Haaland, who is Laguna Pueblo and one of two first Native American women elected to Congress in 2018 – Rape. Sharis Davids, D-Kan., A ho-chunk, was also selected that year – not only to be the first native. Lead that department. She would also be the first Native American to hold the post of cabinet secretary in United States history.

As soon as the news broke, here in Grants, New Mexico – a small dusty slope a few miles west of Holland’s home, the Laguna Pueblo Reservation – honoring the cheers and horns jubilee calms the city’s typical deafness.

Back in DC, Hollande wouldn’t really stand on the shoulders of the Giants. With a few exceptions, most of the previous Interior Department heads were notorious and wildly greedy. Many of them considered the office as a cash cow, withdrawing billions of dollars from millions of indigenous people – adding to the insult to injury that 1.5 billion acres of land were wrongly stolen from the first people in this land .

The mass relief of Native Americans collectively was not about representation on Thursday.

For example, in the mid-1800s, not long after the department was formed, former Secretary Carl Schurz did not say of the Native Americans: “If Indians want to live at all, they must learn to live like whites.” ” He said: “The synonym of civilization is destruction …”

His successors were hardly more open-minded – and this was not simply a 19th-century phenomenon. Indeed, over the last two decades, one after another the Interior Secretaries have been produced before judges to lie in the courts about the handling of land and monasteries reliably held for indigenous people.

For example, in 1999, the then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin were held in contempt of court for “engaging in a shocking pattern of deception”, the judge said, failing to produce records After the stay, who will be responsible for the money. Native Americans did not meet the federal government, but they were legally in arrears.

In 2001, George W. During the Bush administration, a federal judge ruled Interior Secretary Gayle A.W. Norton was held in contempt after a 29-day trial for misleading the judge “for committing a fraud in court” and for filing an incorrect report for money. For the tribes. The judge said Norton’s behavior was “abusive”.

With a few exceptions, most of the previous Interior Department heads were notorious and wildly greedy.

Recently, President Donald Trump’s former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appeared to be returning to the department to drill for oil and gas by 85 percent as the first, eagerly shrinking the Byers Ayers National Monument in Utah. The 1.35 million acre landscape is sacred to the Din, Hopi, Zuni, Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes; He did not listen.

But when anything has become sacred to the indigenous people, did they stop the United States from stealing it, offending or engraving four white men in it, as they did at Mount Rushmore?

But the Interior Department’s villainous history does not stop with the Native Americans as well. In response to the February 19, 1942 attack on Pearl Harbor, the department was charged with arresting and forcing about 120,000 Japanese Japanese citizens into internment camps.

And what specific part of the interior was in charge of this sinister racist act? Bureau of Indian Affairs, because it realizes that the US already had internal camps – the Indian Reservation (or “Rage”), a camp, the Poston Interment Camp, placed on the existing Indian section of the Colorado River, and the Japanese The Americans were held there. For three years called “an internment camp within the internment camp”.

Haaland is stepping into an office with a skeleton in the closet.

So the collective relief of Native Americans did not breathe a sigh of relief on Thursday. A new bluff of hope has blossomed in our midst, as Highland, like millions of indigenous people, strongly believes in and practices the rule of seven generations. The rule says that all important decisions must be made keeping in mind the next seven generations and this includes preserving and protecting water, earth and people with two-legged and four-legged people you will never meet – at least this in life.

“Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo house made me very angry,” Holland tweeted With reference to his nomination. “I will be fierce for all of us, our planet and our protected lands.”

Halland, however, is stepping into an office with a skeleton in the closet. It is a place with a past past and an unpleasant present, especially in relation to its treatment of Native Americans. Cleaning it up or forcing it to change bureaucracy will not be an easy task. In addition, there are 574 Sangh-recognized tribes – which are meant to please many people, and it will not please them all. But she holds the ancient theories that white men did not understand that they first invaded this land (many of them still do not today).

Native Americans have survived 528 years of violence, racism, hatred and even genocide on this land. Influenced by bigotry and shame, America has attempted to keep Native Americans as relics of its past, not to welcome us into its present and help us lead this country into a shared future. To allow. Today, very few, people are being forced to accept, listen and address indigenous people.

Along with the helm of the Interior Department, the oil and gas industry – which has long had the ears of those in the agency – has to be addressed as “Madam Secretary”. If they don’t like it, there’s the door.

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