Biden to appoint first Native American treasurer of the United States

The appointment means that for the first time in U.S. history, a Native American woman’s signature will appear on the nation’s currency, the Treasury Department said in a news release.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is expected to visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota later Tuesday, the first time in history that a Treasury Secretary will visit a tribal nation, according to the department. Malerba must accompany Yellen on the trip.

Malerba will directly oversee the US Mint, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox and serve as a liaison with the Federal Reserve. She will serve as senior adviser to Yellen and lead a new office of tribal and native affairs within the US Treasury.

The new office will coordinate tribal relations within the Treasury Department and include staff responsible for communicating directly with tribal nations, the department said. Yellen will announce the creation of the new office during remarks on Tuesday, according to excerpts from his speech shared with CNN.

“Chief Malerba will expand our unique relationship with Tribal Nations, continuing our joint efforts to support the development of Tribal Economies and economic opportunities for Tribal Citizens. Above all, we look forward to working with Tribal Nations and Congress to make this permanent office – so it will be there for decades to come,” Yellen will say.

During Yellen’s trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation on Tuesday, the secretary is expected to highlight how funds from the Covid-19 relief bill are being used to support the tribe’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Yellen will meet residents who have received funds from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and speak with tribal leaders about expanding affordable housing.

Malerba became the first woman to serve as chief of the Mohegan tribe in 2010, a lifetime appointment made by the tribe’s Council of Elders. Malerba previously served as the Tribal Treasury Advisory Committee. Prior to becoming chief, Malerba served as tribal council president and also served in tribal government as executive director of health and human services. Malerba also worked as a registered nurse and served as director of cardiology and pulmonology services at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

She is currently a member of the Tribal Treasury Advisory Committee, which advises Yellen on “important matters relating to Indian taxation, training of Internal Revenue Service field officers, and training and assistance provisions. technique to Native American financial officers,” the White House said.

“I am honored and touched by Secretary Yellen and the Biden administration’s commitment to ensuring that all voices are heard by Treasury as we work together to create a fair and just society,” Malerba said in a statement. a press release from the Treasury Department. “It is especially important that our Indigenous voices be respected. This appointment underscores this administration’s commitment to do just that. I am delighted to serve our communities as Treasurer and in the work ahead.”

This story has been updated with additional reports and the Treasury Department’s clarification that this will mark the first time a Native American woman’s signature will be on the nation’s currency.

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