“Last night Debra and I were married at Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo. It was truly a magical evening. Shortly after the ceremony, the clouds opened up to a rainstorm and a big, bright rainbow appeared,” Sayre wrote on Facebook following the ceremony.
U.S. Department of the Interior Press Secretary Tyler Cherry described Sayre as Haaland’s “longtime” partner. He also confirmed that guests were all required to be vaccinated and wear masks during the ceremony.
“Secretary Deb Haaland celebrated her union with longtime partner Skip Sayre at a ceremony in her home state of New Mexico on Saturday night. Consistent with CDC guidance and New Mexico’s public health orders, guests were required to be vaccinated and wear masks,” Cherry said in a statement emailed to Native News Online. “The Secretary’s dress was designed and sewn by her sister and the ceremony included traditional elements to honor her ancestry.”
While social media posts shared by attendees including Sen. Elizabeth Warren do not depict this— and resulted in online backlash as a result—Cherry confirmed that the rule was in place indoors.
We are awaiting more photos, but these photos alone reflect the happiness associated with the ceremony and what a lovely day it must have been!
Congrats Secretary Haaland—love looks great on you!