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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:25 AM

Debra Haaland first Native American woman in Congress

8:50 p.m. MT Nov. 6, 2018

Democrat Debra Haaland has defeated Republican Janice E. Arnold-Jones in a New Mexico U.S. House race, earning a groundbreaking congressional victory as a Native American woman and keeping an open seat under Democratic control.

Haaland is an enrolled Laguna Pueblo member. She was one of a few Native American women seeking to become the first elected to Congress on Tuesday.

Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is in a hotly contested race for another open U.S. House seat in New Mexico. And Democrat Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won a U.S. House seat in Kansas.


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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:53 AM

1. Here in New Mexico, I meet lotes of Navajo and Pueblo natives

But I've never met a Cherokee, here. Herrell doesn't look like a native; and Small has not conceded.


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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 01:32 PM

2. Cherokee Southwest Township (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

The Cherokee Southwest Township (CSWT) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a large group of Cherokee families enrolled with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. It is not a so-called Cherokee heritage group, but a satellite of the main tribal jurisdiction.

All of the township members originated in Eastern Oklahoma and migrated to New Mexico and are members of either the Cherokee Nation or United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. The township incorporated under the Cherokee Nation as a Cherokee Township for Cherokee Nation citizens who migrated to New Mexico during the Oklahoma dust bowl in the 1930s.

The township has monthly meetings and hosts Cherokee language and history classes. The Albuquerque Cherokee Township has a significant number of native Cherokee speakers.


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