NMAC, formerly the National Minority AIDS Council, applauds the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior, the first American Indian confirmed to a Presidential cabinet position.
“Secretary Haaland’s confirmation is a wonderful milestone for the indigenous communities of the United States,” said Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC. “For the first time ever, American Indians will have a voice at the highest levels of federal power. The American Indian and Alaska Native communities continue to be affected disproportionately by HIV and we look forward to working with Secretary Haaland to ensure that those communities are a vital part of the federal plan to end the HIV epidemic.”
NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: www.nmac.org. NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.