Statement in support of Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Dept. of the Interior

Feb 18, 2021

At REI Co-op, we believe protecting our planet for generations to come will take all of us, but it cannot happen without strong leadership from our federal government. That’s why we support Representative Deb Haaland’s nomination to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior.  

Congresswoman Haaland is an advocate for the issues we care about most—access to time outside, the health of our public lands and waters, climate change, and equity. She is also an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, and her confirmation would make her the first Native American cabinet member. Her posting atop the DOI—which has a long and complex relationship with native peoples and their lands—is historic.  

REI is working hard to ensure the outdoors is a welcoming place for everyone, and we look forward to working with Secretary Haaland to advance policies in the interest of all Americans and their public lands. 

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 200 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.