“I don’t look like most people in Congress,” begins the 30-second TV ad. advertisement advertisement It’s dusk and a woman with long, thick black hair–clad in jeans, sneakers, and Patagonia wear–is seen ascending a mountain. Against a majestic scenic backdrop, she attempts a rocky climb, all while listing her accomplishments: She finished college and law school as a single mom, is now 30 years sober, and learned how to fight for her beliefs. “Struggle made me fierce,” she stresses while traversing the terrain, adding, “Trump won’t hand us a thing if we ask politely.” This is Deb Haaland, 57, Democratic candidate for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. And she doesn’t look like most people in the legislature because Haaland is Native American–a member of the small Pueblo of Laguna tribe. If she wins the election, she will become the very first Native American congresswoman in the country’s history. The Native American population is a small one, representing less than 2% of the nation. They’ve joined the ranks of Congress, but they have been few in number. That’s slowly changing as a record number of minorities and women are running campaigns in upcoming elections. “When I get [to Congress], I won’t… Read full this story
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