Deb Haaland, Home Secretary, describes White House properties as ‘ancestral homelands’

Home Secretary Deb Haaland, the Cabinet’s first Native American official, tearfully described the White House grounds Friday as the “indigenous homelands” of two Native American tribes.

During an event with President Biden on the North Lawn of the White House, Ms. Haaland choked as she praised the president’s work to restore the lands of two sprawling Western National Monuments that were then downsized by President Trump.

“We are here today in the ancestral homelands of the Anakostan and Piscataway people, bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice,” said Ms. Haaland.

She thanked Mr. Biden “for the profound work you are doing today to permanently protect our ancestral homelands, our songs, our languages, and our cultures.”

Mr. Biden has taken executive action to restore Utah’s National Monuments Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante, which have been greatly reduced in size under Mr. Trump. He also restored the size of a marine protected area off the shores of New England.

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