New members of Congress, state governments, and legislatures are already on the job.
Representatives-elect Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, and Sharice Davids, Ho Chunk, are in Washington this week for new member orientation. The new Congress will begin on Jan. 3, 2019.
Davids tweeted: " I am honored to be a part of this time in history when so many new voices are being included in our national discussion. It will be a special privilege to serve alongside ~~@~~Deb4CongressNM. I am inspired by the work she has done for her community & am grateful for her friendship."
Haaland tweeted several pictures with new members -- including Davids. She wrote: "Day two of freshman orientation is in the books. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to represent the people of New Mexico"
Haaland also was quoted in The New York Times about her first days at work. She bumped into a Republican freshman in an elevator at their hotel, and introduced herself. He said it was nice to meet her, then followed up: “I’m sure we’ll be at each others’ throats eventually.”
But according to the Times, Haaland, taken aback, replied, “I don’t think so.”
Meanwhile Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw, and a Republican from Oklahoma, is making the case for a new leadership post, ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. In that job he would play a significant role in shaping how federal dollars are spent in Indian Country.
Another Republican from Oklahoma, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, paid tribute to veterans on Monday. "We may be losing one generation of veterans, but we need to remember that there is an entire generation of veterans returning home daily. We must take care of and honor their sacrifice too. ~~#~~HappyVeteransDay to all those who have served. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you."
Haaland also visited and paid her respect to veterans and her father's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. "I will always work to ensure that we are fighting for the benefits that all Veterans are owed," she tweeted.
In Minnesota, Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Nation, had this family take, a picture of her daughter Siobhan with Gov.-elect Tim Walz. She wrote: "Today was filled with important meetings with top strategists."
Walz and Flanagan take office on Jan. 7, 2019.