Latest Debra Haaland News

A Texas school that was built to segregate Mexican American students becomes a national park

Jul. 17, 2024 11:19 AM EDT

A west Texas school built in 1909 for Mexican and Mexican American students as part of “separate but equal” education segregation was designated Wednesday as a national park. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally established the Blackwell School National Historic...

US gives key approval to Atlantic Shores offshore wind farm in New Jersey

Jul. 02, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department approved the proposed Atlantic Shores offshore wind farm in New Jersey on Tuesday, giving a major boost to a project that would be the state's first. The project still requires an additional federal approval of its...

Senator wants Washington Commanders to pay tribute to an old logo that offends many Indigenous

Jul. 02, 2024 10:34 AM EDT

After a half century of activism, many Native Americans thought a bitter debate over the capital's football mascot was over two years ago when the team became the Washington Commanders. The organization left behind the racist slur “redskins" as its name and retired the logo that...

US acknowledges Northwest dams have devastated the region's Native tribes

Jun. 18, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday acknowledged, for the first time, the harmful role it has played over the past century in building and operating dams in the Pacific Northwest — dams that devastated Native American tribes by inundating their villages and decimating salmon runs...

100 years ago, US citizenship for Native Americans came without voting rights in swing states

Jun. 01, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter participation advocate Theresa Pasqual traverses Acoma Pueblo with a stack of sample ballots in her car and applications for absentee ballots, handing them out at every opportunity ahead of New Mexico's Tuesday primary. Residents of the tribal...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the New Mexico presidential and state primaries

May. 31, 2024 08:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Mexico voters will be among the last to cast ballots for presidential nominees when the state holds its presidential and state primaries on Tuesday. That day includes the final four contests on the Republican side and is the penultimate presidential primary...

California congressman urges closer consultation with tribes on offshore wind

May. 20, 2024 14:33 PM EDT

A congressman who represents California’s north coast has sent a letter to federal regulators asking that they “urgently place” a senior official in the state to respond to tribal needs as wind power is developed offshore. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman sent the letter as the U.S....

US dedicates $60 million to saving water along the Rio Grande as flows shrink and demands grow

May. 10, 2024 22:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government is dedicating $60 million over the next few years to projects along the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico and West Texas to make the river more resilient in the face of climate change and growing demands. The funding announced Friday by...

Biden administration announces plans for up to 12 lease sales for offshore wind energy

Apr. 24, 2024 12:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new five-year schedule to lease federal offshore tracts for wind energy production was announced Wednesday by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, with up to a dozen lease sales anticipated beginning this year and continuing through 2028. Haaland...

Montana minor league baseball team in dispute with National Park Service over arrowhead logo

Apr. 23, 2024 19:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in Montana is calling out the U.S. Department of Interior for “unwarranted and relentless” trademark claims in a battle over the use of an arrowhead logo. The Glacier Range Riders in Kalispell, Montana — members of a Major...