Interior nominee Deb Haaland testifies before the Senate

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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin will throw his help behind Congresswoman Deb Haaland to steer the Biden administration's Inside Division, he stated in a press release on Wednesday, possible securing her affirmation to change into the primary Native American in a cupboard place. "I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people".

Haaland's nomination is controversial because as DOI secretary she would be in charge of 640 million acres, or about 28 percent, of all of the land in the United States and would be enforcing President Joe Biden's moratorium on new drilling leases on federal land.

"I will tend to support President Biden's positions, and if I am confirmed as secretary, it is his agenda that I would seek to move forward", Haaland repeated today.

An aide for Lummis said: "Senator Lummis opposes Rep. Haaland for one reason and one reason only: her radical statements and positions on lands and energy issues", while Barrasso's office did not respond to request for comment.

Pressed by Lankford, Haaland declined to say whether she would recommend that tribal land be treated differently from other public lands when the administration develops a policy for oil and gas production.

Democratic Montana Rep. Tyson Running Wolf, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, called the Republican opposition a "political ploy" familiar to Native Americans who have entered politics, where there exists a "preconceived notion from others that you're 25-30 percent dumber". "I'm just concerned about receiving this nomination", he said.

Under questioning from Sen.

Haaland pledged to lead the Interior Department with honor and integrity and said she will be "a fierce advocate for our public lands".

But multiple Native Americans told POLITICO that the senators' sharp critiques of Haaland, before she's had a chance to address their concerns, reminds them of the stereotyping and dismissiveness that tribes have long experienced in dealings with the USA government.

Many Native Americans have rallied behind Haaland and spoke about what they consider a double-standard over her nomination compared to other nominees. John Hoeven, North Dakota Republican, she refused to commit to recusing herself from decisions on the Dakota Access, saying she would consult with Interior attorneys and ethics officials. "It was in the cornfields with my grandfather where I learned the importance of water and protecting our resources and where I gained a deep respect for the Earth", she said.

"I nearly feel like your nomination is this proxy fight about the future of fossil fuels", Cantwell said, adding that Haaland had made clear her intention to carry out Biden's clean-energy agenda. Haaland has promised to improve that relationship and restore tribal consultation on development and projects that would affect tribal land.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has argued that it consulted more than 250 times with tribal and historic preservation authorities. He urged the Senate to vote for her because "she will do a good job".

The nomination has turned up the political heat on Sen.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is targeting Sen.

Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota who attended demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline, said she thought Daines, Barrasso and Lummis were mainly opposing Haaland in an attempt to defend the oil, gas and coal industries in their states.

Hickenlooper, D-Colo., the last senator to question Haaland, asked about Colorado-specific issues, including the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, a bill reintroduced by U.S. Sen.

Mr. Barrasso brought up an October 7 tweet by the nominee in which she declared that "Republicans don't believe in science". Michael Bennet, D-Colo., at the beginning of this congressional term.

Ms. Haaland appeared to be caught off guard, replying, "Senator, I, I, yes, if you're a doctor, I would assume that you believe in science".

"Being a minority person and being a person of color, it makes you wonder if she would get this treatment if she wasn't a person of color, if she wasn't Indian and if she wasn't a woman", said Montana state Sen.

Deb Haaland speaks after being announced as the nominee for Interior secretary.

She added: "And of course I will follow the law".

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