- By Levi Rickert
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) and Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) have been chosen to serve on the Congressional Escort Committee ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address.
Davids and Haaland will join a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including House and Senate Leadership, in escorting the President to the House Chamber for the State of the Union address.
“As we enter the House Chamber tonight, Rep. Sharice Davids and I will be a clear contrast to the President during this year’s State of the Union Address. When folks see us escorting the President into the chambers, I want them to remember that this country is for everyone -- no matter where they come from, what their background, or who they love,” said Haaland.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the Congressional Escort Committee, particularly because it will give me the opportunity to meet with the president prior to his State of the Union address and share my hope that he will work with Congress on the issues most important to Kansas families – like lowering the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs,” Davids said.
Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) and Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna) are the first two Native American women elected to Congress.
Celebrating 10 years of Native News...
We launched Native News Online back in February 2011 with the belief that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. We hope it inspires you to celebrate our first decade with a gift of $10 or more to Native News Online so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.