November is Native American Heritage Month, a chance to honor the wealthy historical past, tradition, and lasting affect of Indigenous peoples all through North America – and their contributions to the stewardship of the environment. This Native American Heritage Month, we honor Consultant Mary Peltola, Consultant Sharice Davids, and Secretary of the Inside Deb Haaland for his or her management and dedication to conservation.
Consultant Mary Peltola is a Yup’ik Alaska Native, the primary Alaska Native ever elected to Congress, and is Alaska’s sole consultant. She is likely one of the main cosponsors of the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act, which might defend greater than 350 species of birds wherever they fly, together with the Blackpoll Warbler.
Her management and dedication to conservation extends far past the borders of Alaska, advocating for and supporting partnerships with communities throughout the Western Hemisphere to guard birds and the locations they want.
Consultant Sharice Davids, representing Kansas’ third congressional district, is a member of the Ho-Chunk tribe and the primary overtly LGBTQ Native American consultant in Congressional historical past. She is a co-sponsor of the Arctic Refuge Protection Act and the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2023. Her management has been crucial for safeguarding and preserving the Arctic for Indigenous communities, the American folks, and birds just like the Northern Pintail.
Consultant Davids can also be a champion for local weather options and wildlife conservation, supporting renewable vitality and the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would supply states and tribes much-needed funding to guard wildlife habitat.
Secretary of the Inside Deb Haaland made historical past in 2021 when she turned the primary Native American to function a cupboard secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna.
Secretary Haaland’s management and engagement was crucial within the designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprint of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona. The monument conserves practically 1 million acres of the larger Grand Canyon panorama sacred to Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples. The Golden Eagle, California Condor, and quite a few different hen species depend on the Grand Canyon area for his or her migratory routes. This monument designation gives these majestic birds the habitat they should survive.
As we put together for the second yr of the 118th Congress, the Nationwide Audubon Society appears ahead to persevering with to work with Consultant Davids, Consultant Petola, and Secretary Haaland. They’re champions of dialog, and we’re so lucky that they’re working to guard birds, folks and the locations all of us want, at the moment and tomorrow.