Tribes criticize Stauber’s letter urging colleagues to block Haaland nomination

Featured photo from left: Rep. Debra Haaland, of New Mexico’s First Congressional District, and Rep. Pete Stauber, of Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. 

Northeast Minnesota tribes are criticizing Minnesota’s Eighth District Representative Pete Stauber for a letter he wrote urging his colleagues to block Representative Debra Haaland’s nomination as the incoming Interior secretary.

The Department of the Interior encompasses the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Haaland is the first American Indian nominated to any Cabinet position.

Stauber wrote that Haaland “is a direct threat to working men and women and rejection of responsible development of America’s natural resources,” citing Haaland’s support for the Green New Deal and opposition oil and gas drilling on public lands.

The chairs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and four other tribes within Stauber’s district, in a letter reviewed by NBC News, wrote that Stauber’s “opposition to the first and only American Indian ever nominated to a Cabinet position is likely to reverberate across Indian country.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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