Of all of the elections, appointments, historic firsts, et al that the US has experienced in 2021, having the first true native American serve in a presidential cabinet is the one of which I am most proud. Three generations ago my family was split into two parts – the Creeks who stayed in the southern US due to a “white” marriage and those who were forced onto the trail of death by the US government. For far too long this country has demoralized and kept its indigenous people under the thumb of the US government, treated them as outcastes, attempted to hold them back and push them down. Today, the real Americans finally have a voice in this government and over its land as Secretary Haaland becomes the watch dog of our sacred lands as Secretary of the Interior. May Gaia watch over her and protect her.