She Might Become America's First Native American Congresswoman

Deb Haaland swept the primaries in New Mexico last month. As a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, she is hoping to make history. If she wins in November, she will become the nations first Native American woman in Congress. Historically, Native Americans are the most underrepresented groups in Washington. There are only two Native Americans in Congress right now, both Republican and both men. 

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She served as Native American caucus chair for the Democratic Party of New Mexico (2012-2013), held the position of New Mexico Native American vote director for Organizing for America (2012), and authored a law to allow members of New Mexico Indian tribes in-state tuition at higher education institutions, regardless of their residency.”

 

 

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