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Deb Haaland Sworn In as Interior Secretary, Becomes First Native American Cabinet Member

HeadlineMar 19, 2021

Deb Haaland was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris Thursday as secretary of the interior — the first-ever Native American cabinet secretary. Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, wore a traditional ribbon skirt and moccasins for the occasion.

Vice President Kamala Harris: “So help me God.”

Rep. Deb Haaland: “So help me God.”

Vice President Kamala Harris: “Congratulations, Madam Secretary! Congratulations! Congratulations!”

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: “Thank you.”

Vice President Kamala Harris: “History is being made yet again.”

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