Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary, Runs Boston Marathon to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day

, Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary, Runs Boston Marathon to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Habari News New York
, Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary, Runs Boston Marathon to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Habari News New York

Deb Haaland, President Biden’s secretary of the Interior, was among this year’s more recognizable amateur runners.

Haaland wrote in an opinion article for The Boston Globe that she was running the marathon, which is taking place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as a tribute to “missing and murdered Indigenous peoples and their families, the victims of Indian boarding schools, and the promise that our voices are being heard and will have a part in an equitable and just future in this new era.”

, Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary, Runs Boston Marathon to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Habari News New York

Haaland became the first Native American cabinet secretary when she was confirmed in March.

Of the 26.2 miles, Haaland wrote, “my feet will pound the ancestral homelands of the Massachusett, the Mashpee Wampanoag, and the Pawtucket people and will follow in the footsteps of Indigenous runners who have participated in this race over its 125-year history.”