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Deb Haaland’s historic appointment to lead the U.S. Department of Interior was celebrated Monday in Indian Country, and beyond.

Haaland was confirmed for her new role by a 51-40 Senate vote.

Many took to social media to share their excitement. Haaland even made an appearance in NDN Collective’s social media watch party. She was introduced by her close friend Rep. Sharice Davids.

"I promise I will be fierce for everyone, for public lands, and for all of our communities,” Haaland said. “Thank you all so much. Again, I love every single one of you."

(Related: Madam Secretary Deb Haaland)

Haaland’s two sisters, Denise Kirksey and Zoe Magee, joined a Facebook watch party hosted by Native Organizers Alliance, IllumiNative, and NDN Collective crying tears of joy.

“So things are gonna start rocking and rolling and there's just gonna be no stopping my sister,” Kirksey said. “There's just not.”

All Pueblo Council of Governors Secretary David M. Toledo, former Governor of Jemez Pueblo: 

“Madam Secretary, APCG applauds your leadership, your dedication, your grit, and your courage at this historic moment. All Pueblo people, and women in particular, will find inspiration in your journey and your passion to serve. This moment will be remembered as an example that no glass ceiling is unbreakable.”

Dr. Desi: “Can you hear the joy right now? Can you hear the lulu's, lele's, and lili's of Indigenous women past, present, and future all across Turtle Island? I can. It's glorious.”

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