Haaland smacked with ethics complaint over Chaco Canyon land grab

Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) has taken a significant step by filing an ethics complaint that calls upon the Department of the Interior (DOI) Inspector General to thoroughly investigate a potential ethics violation involving DOI Secretary Deb Haaland. The complaint arises from Secretary Haaland’s recent exercise of regulatory authority to implement a contentious moratorium on oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. This move has raised concerns about pre-determined decision-making, prompting PPT to question whether the Secretary fulfilled her impartiality and ethics obligations.

Secretary Haaland’s involvement in the documentary film Our Story: The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco, narrated by her child, Somah Haaland, has raised eyebrows regarding her impartiality in this matter. The film features footage of Secretary Haaland expressing opposition to oil and gas leasing at Chaco, including what seems to be a one-on-one interview near the site. PPT sought a comprehensive investigation into whether the Secretary adhered to her ethical responsibilities.

Somah Haaland, a media organizer and lobbyist with the Pueblo Action Alliance, an organization dedicated to challenging various systems of oppression, is associated with the film that features Secretary Haaland.

However, documentation obtained by PPT through a Freedom of Information Act request disclosed that Interior ethics officials contacted the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – two organizations involved in promoting Our Story – requesting the removal of the Secretary’s official title and photo from promotional materials. Despite these actions, the Video Project website promoting the film continues to list Secretary Haaland with her official title.

Numerous stakeholders, including NGOs with both friendly and critical perspectives, lawmakers, media outlets, and the Navajo Nation, have expressed skepticism regarding Secretary Haaland’s capacity to render an impartial decision on the matter. Nonetheless, on June 2, 2023, Secretary Haaland issued an order that placed a 20-year moratorium on new oil and natural gas leasing within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon.

Michael Chamberlain, Director of Protect the Public’s Trust, emphasized the importance of impartiality in governmental decision-making: “The American public deserves the assurance that official decisions at the Department of the Interior and other agencies are made in an impartial manner. Despite her unequivocal public statements as a federal official, her child’s leadership position at the loudest advocacy group calling for a moratorium, and even her ‘participation’ in a documentary arguing for such a policy, as Secretary, Deb Haaland pushed forward in the apparent misconception that people would believe she could be ‘impartial’ in the matter. Not only could people knowledgeable about the facts have reason to question her impartiality on this matter, many already have. Is it any wonder the public has so little trust in our government?”

As the ethics complaint against Secretary Haaland moves forward, it is poised to reignite discussions about ethical responsibilities, impartiality, and transparency within governmental decision-making processes.


11 thoughts on “Haaland smacked with ethics complaint over Chaco Canyon land grab”

  1. One thing is for certain, Old Drunk Deb didn’t come up with the idea of the little movie or the moratorium. She’s barely bright enough to tie her nikes. (Wet Brain). Pool old thing is gonna get tossed away like a Leaky Condom and she’ll just…..Fade Away…..

  2. The major irony here is not that Democrats like her are useful tools to the WEF, Schwab, Soros, Gates, and Gore. The irony is a Pueblo Indian and her agitator communist spawn are hurting the Navajo Nation. That land belongs to Navajos. So basically, it’s radical city Indians against poorer rural Indians. She’s a traitor to Native American autonomy! Furthermore, she is enabling old Dementio Joe emptying our our strategic reserve so the communists can come in and destroy us once and for all. When you think communist, we think of China, etc. but this is a new/old brand of communism where the very rich control us. It’s the new dictatorship of “You will own nothing and like it,” according to Klaus Schwab, the Dr. Evil of the world. If only the general populace was informed, but the lamestream media, including Fox are purposely omitting coverage of this world takeover. I hope it is challenged in court and the Navajo people win!

  3. Haaland is not the brightest mind for this office. She robbed the Navajo Nation big time. It will come back to haunt her. Karma is a b….h.

  4. She only claims to be Indian when it’s convenient. the rest of the time she follows suit of the other dembocrat reps from New Mexico and stabs New Mexicans in the back!

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