LULAC Hails Deb Haaland Confirmation By U.S. Senate As Secretary Of Interior

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Congratulates First Native American In Cabinet Post

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today issued the following statement upon confirmation of the U.S. Representative from New Mexico selected by President Biden to head the Department of the Interior, which is responsible for all federal lands.

Domingo Garcia - LULAC National President
“It is hard to believe that it has taken us this long as a country to do the right thing in naming a Native American to serve in a presidential cabinet. Secretary Haaland has earned the respect of the people of New Mexico and elsewhere as a strong and honest leader. She speaks truthfully and with courage in defending the natural treasures of the lands that were once home to her ancestors. Yet, she is also fair and understands that we are a country rich with resources. LULAC looks forward to working with her as she strives to strike a balance between our economic needs and our duty as stewards.”

Linda Chavez - LULAC National Board Member, Vice-President of the Southwest
“It is an honor for me as a proud American of Mexican descent to be alive to witness history. An indigenous woman who has risen out of poverty through her tenacity. Today, she reaches the pinnacle of public service at the side of President Biden and part of his cabinet with the strength of her ancestors and her will to achieve. Secretary Haaland is an inspiration to women everywhere, including Latinas who are still fighting inequity and inequality in virtually every aspect of our society. I salute Deb Haaland for being that role model of overcoming and excelling even in the face of adversity.”

Pablo Martinez - LULAC National Board Member, Treasurer
"We are extremely elated to have finally made history of having our first Native American and woman Secretary of Interior and representing the great state of New Mexico. Our communities are very proud of her accomplishments and public service. We are confident that she will excel in the undertaking of this most prestigious position. This is long overdue".

Fred Baca, New Mexico LULAC, State Director
“This is truly an historic day for New Mexico, our Native American population as well as our country. Deb Haaland’s confirmation to head the Department of Interior has signaled a significant change of direction for that department. Her positions on climate change, the great outdoors and clean energy are very refreshing. We are extremely proud of her and certainly wish her the very best.”


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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