Home Secretary Deb Haaland breaks her leg in hiking accident

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland fractured her leg on Sunday after a hiking accident in Virginia, the Biden administration confirmed Monday.

In a report, the department said the secretary broke her left fibula while hiking in Shenandoah National Park.

Haaland, 61, was expected to return to work virtually Monday afternoon.

“She is grateful to the park staff, US Park Police and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center team for their excellent care,” a spokesperson said.

Haaland was confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of the Interior in March 2021 by a vote of 51 to 40. Haaland, a Pueblo de Laguna member and 35th-generation New Mexican, is the first Native American to lead a cabinet department in United States history.

She previously represented New Mexico in Congress for more than two years and led the state’s Democratic Party.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suffered a fractured left fibula.
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Hawksbill Summit at Shenandoah National Park.
Haaland was hiking in Shenandoah National Park when she was injured.
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While Democrats and native tribes hailed his nomination, many Republicans criticized Haaland for his support for the progressive Green New Deal and his anti-fracking stance.

Earlier this month the Home Office quietly announced a draft five-year plan for the sale of offshore oil and gas leases which one critic described as a “de facto moratorium” on domestic drilling at a time of high gas prices.

Betty K. Park