Haaland said she heard from residents about the importance of the road due to various transportation and medical challenges. As of now, she said, she’s made no decision.
Haaland said the physical and spiritual suffering has harmed entire communities.
Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo tribal member from New Mexico, would be the first Indigenous cabinet secretary. Alaska Native leaders have mounted a big campaign to confirm her.
When an eagle dies in Alaska, its feathers may end up in a powwow – or on a graduation cap – somewhere in the Lower 48. That’s because of a federal program connecting tribes, raptor centers and wildlife officials.