07/12/2021

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland marries longtime partner Skip Sayre

U.S. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland tied the knot with longtime partner Skip Sayre over the weekend.

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and formerly a U.S. Congresswoman, is the country’s first indigenous Secretary of the Interior.

In a ceremony including Native buffalo dancers, the couple celebrated their union Saturday night at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort on the Santa Ana Pueblo outside Albuquerque, N.M., local news outlet The Paper reported.

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior shows Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and her now husband, Skip Sayre, on their wedding day on Saturday, Aug. 28, in New Mexico. According to an Interior Department spokeswoman, guests had to be vaccinated to attend and wore masks per CDC and New Mexico guidelines.

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior shows Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and her now husband, Skip Sayre, on their wedding day on Saturday, Aug. 28, in New Mexico. According to an Interior Department spokeswoman, guests had to be vaccinated to attend and wore masks per CDC and New Mexico guidelines.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) were reportedly among the guests. Davids, of Ho-Chunk Nation, and Haaland were both elected to Congress in 2018, the first Native women to serve.

Sayre heads sales and marketing at Laguna Pueblo Development, the Laguna Pueblo’s economic development arm.

Haaland, 60, wore a dress designed and sewn by her sister, Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz told The Associated Press, and the ceremony incorporated elements honoring her Native American ancestry.

Guests had to be vaccinated to attend and wear masks per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New Mexico guidelines, Schwartz told AP.

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