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Deb Haaland

Rebecca talks about the newly sworn-in Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland. Deb is the first Native American in the role! Learn about this 35th generation New Mexican as well as how the gal pals have reconnected with nature during the lockdown. 

Show Notes & Extras

  • Gal Pals this month are Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris, Rebecca Berfanger and Leah Leach
  • Leah already talked about Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Bonnie already talked about Inge Lehmann
  • Get to know you question – what is one way you have reconnected with nature since the 2020 lockdown?
  • Bonnie builds a shed & garden
  • Katie’s bike
  • Skies cleaned up for a moment (Axios)
  • Rebecca gets on the trail
  • Introverts unite!
  • Rebecca’s 1 Cool Environmental Gal is Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland
  • New on the job!
  • First Native American to hold the position
  • Highest ranking Native American in goverment
  • Yay progress! (Slow but yay)
  • Representative of New Mexico
  • Bio on the U.S. Department of the Interior Website (
  • 35th generation New Mexican!
  • Growing up in a military family
  • Why representation matters
  • Single mother
  • Bakery connection!
  • College and law degree
  • Tribal leader
  • Shout out to Women of Color in environmental justice
  • Most progressive of President Biden’s nominees
  • Political work
  • Served 2 years in Congress
  • Bills Deb has sponsored
  • 30 by 30
  • Bills Deb has co-sponsored
  • Wore traditional garb for her swearing in
  • Frequent podcast guest
  • “Here in America…”
  • Ancestral lands thanks
  • Text to find what Native land you live on text 1-855-917-5263 with your zipcode.
  • For Gal’s Guide we pay homage to the Kikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the Myaamia natives.
  • Brooklyn Books (website)


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