Deb Haaland became the first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary in the U.S.

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epa07260665 Democratic Representative from New Mexico Deb Haaland (3-R), participates in a ceremonial swearing-in photograph with Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (2-L), during the first day of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 03 January 2019. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland became the first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary in the U.S. She is a 35th-generation New Mexican and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

In addition to her historic position, she is one of the first two Native American women in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a single mother, and is the founder of “Pueblo Salsa,” a company she ran while attending law school and caring for her daughter.

Through her work in politics, Haaland has highlighted the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women and the need for more equitable representation.

Today across the Americas, Native American women have continued the arduous work of preserving the environment, pushing for Indigenous rights, and representing their diverse communities in business, government, and the arts.