After election day in which Democrats gained control of the House and Republicans maintained control of the Senate, It was a big night of election wins for Native women as Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, of New Mexico and Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, from Kansas won their bid for Congress.
In New Mexico, Haaland unseated Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor, and Davids has unseated Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder.
In addition to the wins for Congress, Peggy Flanagan won the election as Lt. Governor for Minnesota. She was the running mate with Tim Walz who won his campaign for Governor of the state.
Following the historic win, Haaland addressed a crowd of supporters at the Albuquerque Hotel.
“New Mexico made history tonight,” Haaland said. “I want to thank every single person who poured their heart and soul into this campaign. Congress has never heard a voice like mine, but when the 116th session of Congress begins, they will hear my voice.”
Flanagan tweeted shortly after her projected win last night:
"Today, ~~@~~Tim_Walz, our families, and I are humbled and grateful to stand before Minnesotans statewide. We are thankful for the hard work and support everyone has shown. Today, we continue the journey of making ~~#~~OneMinnesota a reality."
In a powerful tweet which summed up the feeling for Sharice Davids, who is also an openly gay woman, "Thank You #KSO3"
Indian Country Today will continue with additional results throughout the day.
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