Nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs has widespread support

FILE - In this April 22, 2021, file photo, Bryan Newland, left, speaks with Navajo Nation Council Delegate Daniel Tso in Window Rock, Ariz. President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs at the Interior Department said Wednesday, June 9, 2021, that he won't impede tribes as they seek to improve infrastructure, public safety and the economy on their lands. Newland appeared before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee where he received widespread support to become assistant secretary for Indian Affairs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs at the Interior Department said Wednesday he won't impede tribes as they seek to improve infrastructure, public safety and the economy on their lands.

Bryan Newland appeared before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, where he received widespread support to become assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. Tribes, too, have endorsed him as someone who is well-versed in the issues they face and as a tribal advocate.

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