Congress’ First Native American Women Are Ready to Fight For the Planet

Congress’ First Native American Women Are Ready to Fight For the Planet

Not only did Haaland’s victory make history and help flip the House from red to blue, but it’s a step forward for New Mexico’s environmental agenda. Haaland campaigned on a platform dedicated to solving climate change: moving toward 100 percent renewable energy, ending the expansion of fossil fuels, putting indigenous rights front and center, and ensuring families across the state have clean air and water. The question now is, how to do all of that?

She’s still figuring that out, Haaland said with a laugh. But she imagines a lot of these policies will require the help of her colleagues.

“I’ll be ready to make sure that we map [these environmental goals] out and work toward [them],” Haaland said.

Luckily for Haaland, she’ll have some support on the state’s frontlines. After nearly eight years of Republican leadership, the governor will soon be Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham. And Democrat Martin Heinrich, a champion of public lands, won re-election of his Senate seat. Then, there’s long-standing Democratic Senator Tom Udall. Both are invested in environmental issues. This blue stronghold may be key in pushing through statewide environmental policies, especially when it comes to oil and gas.

via Earther.gizmodo Congress’ First Native American Women Are Ready to Fight For the Planet