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June 07, 2018 05:25
Deb Haaland Likely to Become First Native American Congresswoman

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Deb Haaland, a native American has won Democratic nomination in primary elections held on June 5, is like to become first Native American Congresswoman in the history of United States.

"Tonight, New Mexico made history. Thank you to the tens of thousands of volunteers, grassroots donors, and supporters who won this election today. I'm honored and humbled by your support. Our win is a victory for working people, a victory for women, and a victory for everyone who has been sidelined by the billionaire class," Haaland said in a statement on the victory.

Earlier, in state's first Congressional District held by Democratic Republic Herald won the nomination and will face off against Republican Candidate Arnold Jones.

"Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming," Haaland said in her statement.

Haaland is a federally-recognized Native American tribe and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

"It's home to me, I go home as often as I can," said Haaland. But growing up, she never saw a future for herself or anyone who looked like her in politics.

"In 230 years, there's never been a Native American woman in Congress. I have never seen myself in that body of our government," Haaland said in an interview on Friday. There are currently two Native American representatives - both men from Oklahoma.

"Ten years ago, when I was out in Indian country knocking on doors and driving folks to the polls, I never thought I would run for Congress," Haaland acknowledged. But eventually, a desire to serve her community lead her to politics.

Haaland desires to bring diversity to congress, both as a woman of color and who feels she's gone through numerous troubles facing the constituents of New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.

"I think it's important to always have diversity, in our Congress or anywhere, but you also need diversity not just for women of color who are most underrepresented, but diversity in different walks of life," Haaland said.

According to U.S. Census Bureau, more than 10 per cent of the state is Native American.

By Sowmya Sangam

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