WASHINGTON - When President Joe Biden chose New Mexico envoy Deb Holland as his secretary of state and nominated his first Native American for a ministerial post, he acknowledged the country's first history of failing the first citizens of this earth.
He said, "The federal government has made a promise with the indigenous peoples who have been living in this land since ancient times." "With her appointment, Congresswoman Hollande will help me strengthen another relationship with the nation."
But with Biden's election and Hollande's nomination, indigenous communities are searching for more than vague promises.
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Outraged by his behavior during the Trump administration, which saw a deeply flawed response to the epidemic on tribal lands and other US policies aligned with Native American priorities, he is now hopeful that Biden, who benefited from his enthusiastic support in the warring states. Last year, Arizona will support a far-reaching agenda to address poverty that has plagued her community for so long.
He emphasized the need for the Biden administration to ensure adequate funding for any infrastructure projects to improve access to water and electricity, as well as roads and bridges. They want more funds for their poor health care. They want changes to federal land use policy to reduce environmental damage from energy projects. And they want a new commitment to improve their schools.
In more than a dozen interviews with tribal leaders, health officials and lawyers across the country, many warned that the Biden administration would move forward to address 150,000 years of systematic failure and treaty violations.
"The Trump administration has left us behind about the epidemic - all of the federal aid agencies that have come this year as a result of provocative bills and other actions were intended to help with the epidemic, but they left us," said Tim Davis, chairman of Montana's Blackfit Indian Reservation.
"We have a lot to do and we are looking forward to that opportunity with the new administration," he added.
The main reason for their optimism is the nomination of Holland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe.
If confirmed, it would cover 50,000 million acres of public land and federal policies. Affects 574 federally recognized tribal governments. She runs the agency responsible for Native American education, Native law enforcement, and policy making on the use of the country's natural resources.
During the campaign, Biden released a basic political agenda that outlined his plans for the Native American and Native communities. These include the immediate reinstatement of the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, the appointment of judges who understand Indian federal law, and a proposal to fully fund Indian healthcare.
That agenda, in part, reflected the importance of the Native American vote to Democrats. An analysis of certain statistics by the New York Times found that the Biden-Harris ticket received more than 0% of the votes in Navajo and Hope Nation in Arizona, which Democrats narrowly won.
In 2016, Biden received 135,000 more votes from the Reserve than Hillary Clinton. He won about 11,000 votes, or 0 percent, in Arizona. Donald Trump in 2016 2016 3.5. The state won with percentage points.