Haaland will become the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history, when she takes responsibility for the country’s land and natural resources as head of the Department of the Interior under Joe Biden.
In her role Haaland will be responsible for upholding treaty obligations so often ignored and violated. She will plans to "move climate change priorities, tribal consultation and a green economic recovery forward.”
Time Magazine spoke with President Elect Biden after naming Biden and Kamala Harris the 2020 TIME Person of the Year.
The magazine asked Biden how he intends to unite a divided nation, why he chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, and whether he would pardon Donald Trump. Watch the interview and read excerpts here.