Kerry Washington, Cher, Mandy Moore and America Ferrera are among the many greater than 100 girls who’ve signed a letter to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris asking them to appoint U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., as inside secretary. If confirmed, Haaland would develop into the primary Native American to serve in a presidential cupboard.
The letter, dated Dec. 9, was organized by Marisa Tomei and We Stand United — a bunch the Oscar winner began with Mark Ruffalo — together with Allie Young, a Navajo lady from Protect the Sacred.
“We believe it is critical at this time for the first Native American to serve in the President’s Cabinet, so we can begin to shift the focus back to caring for future generations and returning to a value system that honors Mother Earth,” the letter reads, partly. “We believe that person is Congresswoman Deb Haaland.”
Others who’ve signed the letter embrace Julianne Moore, Rosario Dawson, Amy Schumer, Gloria Steinem, Zoe Saldana, Jane Fonda, Chelsea Handler, Uzo Aduba, Sarah Silverman, Alyssa Milano, Kathy Najimy, Piper Perabo and Debra Winger.
“Rep. Haaland will be a strong steward of our precious natural resources and will return to the practice of science-based decision-making,” the letter additionally reads. “Additionally, she will work to honor the treaties between the federal government and Tribal Nations. This is an historic opportunity to appoint a Native woman of integrity, vision and of true public service.”
Read the total letter under.
Dec. 9, 2020
Dear President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris,
Congratulations in your historic victory. As girls who’ve labored to guard our democracy and advance the promise of this nation, we’re hopeful and relieved that you may be main us right into a vivid future. It is on this spirit that we, Native American girls and Indigenous peoples’ allies, write to induce you to nominate Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
We are alive at a time when every of our actions will decide the destiny of the pure world, which we name Mother Earth. We name her Mother as a result of with out her life wouldn’t exist. The life assist system that she offers, which can also be known as the local weather, is now underneath horrible pressure. Fortunately regardless of all the struggles we have now endured, Native folks maintain a sacred connection to the pure world in the meanwhile when the human species want it most. The Department of Interior will play a vital position in your Administration to each deal with the local weather disaster and to honor the Indigenous folks of this nation.
As President-elect Biden, you have got stated that you may be “an ally of the light not the darkness,” and Vice President-elect Harris, you have got stated that Native Americans will all the time have a seat on the desk, particularly with regards to Mother Earth as a result of we’re “the Original Peoples of this land who always knew that we have to protect Mother Earth, we have to be smart about it and we must take your lead.” We consider it’s vital presently for the primary Native American to serve within the President’s Cabinet, so we will start to shift the main focus again to caring for future generations and returning to a price system that honors Mother Earth. We consider that particular person is Congresswoman Deb Haaland.
As a Native lady, Congresswoman Haaland has endured many challenges like so many people. She grew up in a navy household the place each of her mother and father served this nation. She labored her approach by way of faculty and legislation college as a single mom. Rep. Haaland sought to dwell a lifetime of service and labored for her folks on the Laguna Pueblo. She sought to create change as the Chairwoman of the State Democratic Party of New Mexico. As a member of Congress, she overcame the extreme polarization in Congress and handed 4 payments into legislation with bipartisan and bicameral assist together with the “Not Invisible Act” and the “Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act” each of which addresses the disaster of lacking and murdered Indigenous girls. Congresswoman Haaland was additionally instrumental in securing $8 billion for Tribal Nations inside the Coronavirus Relief Fund part of the CARES Act. She is Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of the Interior, and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands, and on the House Armed Services Committee. In these roles, she has been an incredible chief and has labored on quite a few payments of significance which have been signed into legislation.
We strongly urge you to nominate Congresswoman Deb Haaland to steer the Department of the Interior. Rep. Haaland might be a powerful steward of our treasured pure assets and can return to the apply of science-based decision-making. Additionally, she’s going to work to honor the treaties between the federal authorities and Tribal Nations. This is an historic alternative to nominate a Native lady of integrity, imaginative and prescient and of true public service.
Thank you in your consideration.
Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge Yurok Tribe
Ruth Anna Buffalo, Elected Official, North Dakota State Rep, District 27
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association, Political Director
Cheryl Barnds, Co-Chair, Rapid Shift Network
Rania Batrice, Advocate
Jade Begay, Creative Director at NDN Collective
Kellie Berns, Program Director of Earth Guardians
Laura Berry, Director of Research and Policy – The Climate Mobilization
Betta Broad, Director, New Yorkers for Clean Power
Alison Burchell, NTS Group, CEA, City of Boulder Energy Tech Team
Bridget Burns, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, Director
Linda Carroll, Research Scientist, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Rebecca Chaiklin, Documentary Filmmaker
Karletta Chief (Diné), Professor and Hydrologist
Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe
Rev. Jean Darling, Co-chair, Environmental Justice, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe Rosario Dawson, Artist
Karen Diver, Former Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa
Kerry Docherty, Founder of Faherty Brand
Nicole Donaghy, Executive Director North Dakota Native Vote
Jennifer Dube, 350 New Hampshire
Jane Duggan, American Postal Workers Union
Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglala Lakota), CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation
Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), Executive Director IllumiNative
Lael Echo-Hawk, MThirtySix, PLLC, Tribal Attorney
Kathryn Everett, Head of Film, XTR; Steering Committee, We Stand United
America Ferrera, Artist/activist
Sandra Fluke, President, Voices for Progress
Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer on the Kapor Center
Carrie Garrow, Chief Judge, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court
Jaime Gloshay, Co-founder of Native Women Lead
Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director Earth Ethics, Inc.
Jenny Han, Writer
Chelsea Handler, Comedian
Jessica Harjo, Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Operations Director
Laura Harris, Comanche Nation Citizen
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch
Christina Hollenback, Founding Partner Justice Capital
Lonna Hunter, Dakota and Tlingit
Gina Jackson (Western Shoshone), Co-founder and Co-CEO of the Return to the Heart Foundation