For weeks, leaders of Native American tribes all over the country have been urging President-elect to pick Rep. (D-N.M.) to be his Interior secretary. So have , including Republicans.

But for some reason, some of Biden’s advisers have begun anonymously planting the idea in news stories that the Native American congresswoman, who chairs a House subcommittee with oversight of the Interior Department, is not qualified. What’s also puzzling is that these sources say a better candidate is a lesser-known man who is also Native, Michael Connor, despite telling Biden, publicly and privately, that they back Haaland.

“But her lack of policy experience worries some Biden advisers, who have suggested another Native American candidate: Michael L. Connor, a deputy Interior secretary

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