Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) is poised to become the first American Indian woman in Congress ever. TIME photo
Published June 24, 2018
NEW YORK — In an article posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, TIME magazine provides an overview of the surge in Native American women seeking political office this year.
President Donald Trump routinely calls a U.S. senator “Pocahontas.” One time,he did it in front of Navajo code talkers who helped America during World War II.
To decorate the Oval Office, he chose a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the president notorious for the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which set in motion the series of forced migrations that became known as the Trail of Tears.
And his Administration sought to shrink Bears Ears National Monument — an area full of sacred tribal sites — by more than 1.1 million acres.
Actions like these are helping spur a surge in Native American women seeking political office. During recent primaries, three women of Native American descent were seeking gubernatorial seats, four in congressional elections and at least 31 more in state elections.
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