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First Native American US treasurer to be appointed, head Mint

FILE - Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba stands next to a photograph of late Chief Ralph Sturges at...
FILE - Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba stands next to a photograph of late Chief Ralph Sturges at Tribal offices in Uncasville, Conn., on March 4, 2010. Malerba, who is Native American, was nominated to be U.S. Treasurer in a historic first, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Biden's nomination of Malerba to the federal Treasury role was announced ahead of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s visit to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Tuesday.(AP Jessica Hill)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 11:20 AM CDT
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(AP) - A Native American is being appointed U.S. treasurer, a historic first. The White House on Tuesday announced President Joe Biden’s intent to appoint Marilynn Malerba as his administration establishes an Office of Tribal and Native Affairs at the Treasury Department. The treasurer’s duties include oversight of the U.S. Mint. The treasurer’s signature appears on U.S. currency. Malerba is the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, located in Uncasville, Connecticut. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says Malerba will help further efforts to “support the development of Tribal economies.” Yellen is set to visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Tuesday, the first time a Treasury secretary has visited a tribal nation.

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