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Kate Fried, EarthRights International
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Press Release

EarthRights Applauds Nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary

Statement by EarthRights International Executive Director Ka Hsaw Wa

Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico as Secretary of the Interior. Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to hold this position. EarthRights International Executive Director Ka Hsaw Wa issued the following statement in response: 

“Naming an Indigenous Person to oversee the United States’ oil and mining reserves sends a powerful message to Indigenous Peoples around the world whose lands have been damaged and destroyed by extractive industries. As an Indigenous person, I have seen this destruction first-hand in my native Burma. Rep. Haaland will push oil and mining companies to treat Indigenous People with respect and transparency. Her leadership is even more critical at a time when Indigenous People globally are facing ethnocide from COVID-19 and climate change. We congratulate Rep. Haaland on this achievement.”


EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as "earth rights." We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

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