For immediate release: Feb. 12, 2021
Media contact: Emily Russo Miller, SEACC Communications Lead, 703-577-0303
JUNEAU (Tlingit: A’aawk Kwáan lands) — The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council enthusiastically supports the historic nomination of U.S. Representative Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior, and urges Alaska’s Senators to confirm her as swiftly as possible.
“As the first Indigenous Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Haaland would bring invaluable perspective, knowledge, and leadership to land management issues in Alaska and across the U.S.,” said SEACC Executive Director Meredith Trainor. “A ‘yes’ vote on Haaland’s confirmation would provide a clear signal that the federal government will meaningfully engage Indigenous leaders and communities across the country in decision-making around the land management issues that affect their lives. A ‘no’ vote would be a travesty: a lost opportunity to be an ally to Indigenous peoples and a deliberate choice to side with the oil and gas industry over the original stewards of this land.”
SEACC urges our supporters to send a letter to Senator Murkowski, asking her to vote YES on Rep. Haaland during the confirmation hearing later this month.