Native American Women Score Major First

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

Deb Haaland will be replacing fellow Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico; Grisham's electoral seat was vacated after she chose to contest for governor, while Sharice Davids will Kansas GOP Representative Kevin Yoder's electoral seat.

Deb Haaland has become the first Native American woman elected Congress after winning New Mexico's first congressional district on Tuesday. Davids also became the first openly gay representative elected in the state. She's also the first Democrat to snag a suburban seat in Kansas City in a decade. "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".

Davids is an attorney and former MMA fighter.

The projected victories for the two Native American women mark a milestone in the U.S. political system.

And New Mexico's Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, stomped her Republican challenger Janice Arnold-Jones by more than 22 points.

The 1924 Snyder Act entitled USA -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.

They include Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, young women, and LGBT candidates.

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Cole, who has served the 4th Congressional District since 2003, won his re-election bid against Democrat Mary Brannon by more than 30 points.

Mullin won his fourth term by almost 35 percentage points against Democrat Jason Echols. Other states eventually followed Arizona's lead, and in 1962, New Mexico was the last state to strike down unfair laws that prevented us from voting.

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

In our traditional belief systems, Native American leaders truly serve their community, pride themselves on sacrifice and aim to spend time with their constituents.

Tuesday night's wins have been years in the making, and they mark a significant turning point for Native Americans in this country.

Sharice Davids celebrates on stage with supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

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