Powerful Living Women: Deb Haaland
(Debra Anne Haaland)
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Democrat, Kaw Nation citizen, Laguna Pueblo
Secretary Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary in the 2021 Democratic Biden administration. While Deb was in Congress, she focused on environmental justice, climate change, missing and murdered indigenous women, and family-friendly policies. Throughout her career in public service, she has broken barriers and opened the doors of opportunity for future generations. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and is a 35th generation New Mexican.
Highlights: She earned her Juris Doctor in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law. The first Native American woman elected to lead a State Party as the New Mexico Lieutenant Governor in 2014. House of Representative for New Mexico, District 1, 2019-2021.