Warm Springs hopeful after Haaland tapped to head Interior

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Since the historic appointment of Deb Haaland to head the U.S. Department of the Interior, hopes have been high among members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs that better times are ahead. Next month the congresswoman from New Mexico will become the first Native American appointed to the position of cabinet secretary when she takes over at the Department of the Interior, which also oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Bulletin reports Warm Springs tribal members see the appointment as a beacon of light following a tough year of wildfire, high rates of COVID-19 and infrastructure failures that left parts of the reservation without potable water.