First Na­tive Amer­i­can women in Congress

The Star Malaysia - - Focus -

Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and De­bra Haa­land of New Mex­ico are not only the first Na­tive Amer­i­can women elected to Congress but they are also the first in­dige­nous peo­ple seated in Congress.

Davids, 38, is an at­tor­ney by train­ing and a for­mer mixed mar­tial arts fighter. She is also openly les­bian, in a state that is tra­di­tion­ally con­ser­va­tive.

Haa­land, 57, is a mem­ber of the Pue­blo of La­guna tribe and a well­known com­mu­nity ac­tivist in her solidly Demo­cratic district, work­ing tire­lessly

t to en­cour- age Na­tive Amer­i­cans – who make up twot per­cent of the US pop­u­la­tion n – to vote. She cut her teeth wor rk­ing as a vol­un­teer for John Kerr ry’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in 2004 4.

“WeW need real peo­ple who are talk­ing about our is­sues and know what it feels like,” Haa­land had said ahead of the elec­tions. “We have peo­ple in Congress right now who... don’t know what it’s like to be with­out food or proper health care.”

De­bra Haa­land

Sharice Davids

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