First Native American women in Congress: Deb Haaland & Sharice Davids

Haaland a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe will be the first Native American woman in Congress

With her win, Davids becomes the first openly gay, Native American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She has not only become one of the first indigenous women elected into the House, but is also the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas. Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor. "We know there are so many of us who welcome everyone, who see everyone and who know that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed". She went 5-1 as an amateur and 1-1 as a pro. Davids, who once tried out for "The Ultimate Fighter 20", defeated David Yoder to capture the Kansas City seat, the first time a Democrat has won the spot in a decade.

Their projected victories mark the start of a new chapter in the USA political system as they will be the first ever Elected Female members of Native American Descent. "Growing up in my mother's pueblo household and as a 35th generation New Mexican, I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looks like me".

The 1924 Snyder Act entitled US -born Native Americans to full citizenship and the right to vote, but the Constitution left it up to each individual state to decide just who was allowed to enter the voting booth.

Halland will fill the seat that will be vacated by the state's newly elected governor, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham. The progressive challenger and member of the Democratic socialist party unseated a powerful 10-term NY congressman, running with a campaign ad that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office".

Tom Cole, of the Chickasaw tribe represents Oklahoma's fourth district, and Markwayne Mullin of the state's second district represents the state's second. CNN rated the district "solid Democrat'".

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Mullin won his fourth term by almost 35 percentage points against Democrat Jason Echols.

New Mexico was the last state to enfranchise Native Americans.

The vote comes almost two years after women marched on Washington in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

7Gen Leaders is a Super PAC formed this year to help Native Americans. The victories of Haaland, Davids and others inspire hope that indigenous nations still have allies, the spirit to fight and an opportunity to create change.

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