Book cover of She Persisted: Deb Haaland

She Persisted: Deb Haaland



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Philomel, 2023

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Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian)

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Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint



As a child of two military parents, Deb Haaland moved around a lot when she was young before finally settling in Albuquerque to be near family. But she persisted, studying hard and eventually earning a law degree. An enrolled member of the Pueblo Laguna nation, Deb was one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress, where she represented New Mexico’s 1st District. In 2021, when the Senate confirmed her as President Biden’s secretary of the interior, she became the first Native American in history to become a cabinet secretary. She continues to break barriers and inspire future generations to dream of greater opportunities.

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