Posted on January 4, 2019

Sharice Davids native american congresswoman

When the new US Congress is sworn in Thursday, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will not only represent their districts, but also Native American women, one of the most marginalized groups in the US. The two new US Congresswomen carry hopes of Native Americans.

Native Americans have had scant representation in Congress throughout US history, and they are one of the most marginalized groups in the country. At the federal level, there are only two representatives in the US House of Representatives who identify as indigenous, and none in the US Senate.

But as of Thursday, indigenous people in the US will have two new seats at the table in Congress: Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids made history when they became the first two Native American women elected, as part of what became known as the “pink wave” — the record number of women who won races during the 2018 midterm elections.

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