Attorney Sharice Davids on Thursday became the latest to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas. But Davids, a member of Ho-Chunk nation, is also one of at least four Native American women running for higher office as a Democrat.
If successful, Davids or Deb Haaland, who is running to replace Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Haaland, who belongs to the Pueblo of Laguna, was the first Native American woman to chair a state party when she led the New Mexico Democrats in 2016.
Former Idaho state Rep. Paulette Jordan hopes to become the country’s first female indigenous governor. In an interview Friday, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe citizen said her background gave her a rural “value system” that could break Democrats’ quarter-century-long losing streak for that office.
Minnesota state Rep. Peggy Flanagan, a White Earth Nation of Ojibwe citizen, is the running mate of Rep. Tim Walz, who won a straw poll of party activists last week ahead of the competitive primary and general election for governor.
Haaland, Jordan, and Flanagan were all in D.C. this week, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave her most expansive remarks yet on her family’s Native American heritage at National Congress of American Indians.
— Zach C. Cohen