National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. listens to Rep. Sharice Davids. Native News Online photos by Mark Charles
Published January 3, 2019
WASHINGTON — On this historic day, newly sworn in American Indian Congresswomen Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) made separate appearances at an Washington, D.C. event hosted by EMILY’s List at the National Indian Gaming Association late Thursday afternoon.
The two became the first American Indian women ever to become members of Congress. They were sworn-in on Thursday, January 3, 2019 in the House of Representative chambers of the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Haaland is a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo and Rep. Davids is a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
“Sharice and I are the first Native American women elected to Congress. We absolutely will not be the last,” commented Rep. Haaland.
Rep. Deb Haaland
Due to being called for a Congressional vote, both congresswomen left the event early.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY‘s List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls.
Mark Charles contributed to this story from Washington, D.C.