Interior Secretary In Charge of National Parks Breaks Leg While Hiking in One

The United States Department of the Interior office confirmed in a statement on Monday that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suffered a fractured leg after a hiking accident in Virginia on Sunday. 

According to the statement, a medical evaluation on Monday morning confirmed that Haaland broke her left fibula during a hike in Shenandoah National Park. 

“She is grateful to Park staff, the U.S. Park Police, and the team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for their excellent care,” the statement said. 

The department also said Haaland, who reports directly to President Joe Biden, would resume her work schedule virtually on Monday afternoon. 

In March 2021, the Senate confirmed Haaland as interior secretary by a 51-40 vote and became the first Native American to lead a cabinet department in US history. 

Haaland, now 61, is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th-generation New Mexican. 


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