/ Modified feb 26, 2021 10:31 a.m.

Native American nominee's grilling raises questions on bias

The confirmation hearing for Native American Deb Haaland has raised questions about whether she's being treated differently

Deb Haaland Biden administration’s nominee for Secretary of Interior, Rep. Deb Haaland
Deb Haaland

The confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland has raised questions about whether she's being treated differently because she is a Native American woman.

Some Republican, white senators have labeled Haaland as “radical” over her calls to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and address climate change.

Those who support the Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico say Haaland is being attacked for her ethnicity and beliefs that are widespread among Native Americans.

She would become the first Native American to lead the Interior Department.

Republicans expressed frustration at her lack of specifics during the hearing and say it's not about race.

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