Marilynn Malerba could soon be the first Native American to serve as U.S. treasurer

Marilynn Malerba stands next to a photograph of late Chief Ralph Sturges at tribal offices in Uncasville, Conn., on March 4, 2010. On Wednesday, President Biden announced his intent to appoint her U.S. treasurer in a historic first.

Malerba, the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, would be the first Native woman to have her signature on U.S. currency. She’d also lead the Treasury’s new Office of Tribal and Native Affairs.

(Image credit: Jessica Hill/AP)