Latest Debra Haaland News

Long after tragic mysteries are solved, families of Native American victims are kept in the dark

Feb. 19, 2024 10:11 AM EST

It was the winter of 2021 when Philbert Shorty’s family found his abandoned car stuck in the mud outside the small community of Tsaile near the Arizona-New Mexico state line. “We knew something happened from the get-go," said his uncle, Ben Shorty. “We couldn’t find any answers.” ...

Proposed mine outside Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp nears approval despite environment damage concerns

Feb. 09, 2024 18:41 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company's plan to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge neared final approval Friday as Georgia regulators released draft permits for the project, which opponents say could irreparably harm a natural treasure. ...

Nevada tribe says coalitions, not lawsuits, will protect sacred sites as US advances energy agenda

Dec. 24, 2023 08:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The room was packed with Native American leaders from across the United States, all invited to Washington to hear from federal officials about President Joe Biden's accomplishments and new policy directives aimed at improving relationships and protecting sacred sites. ...

At tribal summit, Biden says he's working to 'heal the wrongs of the past' and 'move forward'

Dec. 06, 2023 15:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Native American nations gathered for a summit Wednesday that his administration was working to heal the wrongs of the past as he signed an executive order that seeks to make it easier for Indigenous peoples to access federal funding, and have greater...