New Mexico GOP candidate Janice Arnold-Jones questions Deb Haaland’s heritage

This morning on Fox and Friends, GOP congressional candidate for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, Janice Arnold-Jones, (left) questioned her Democratic opponent Deb Haaland’s (right) Native American heritage. Screen grab, Fox and Friends.

Arnold-Jones also stated a genuine Laguna Pueblo tribe member would not support ‘open borders.’

This morning on Fox and Friends, GOP congressional candidate for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, Janice Arnold-Jones, questioned her Democratic opponent Deb Haalands Native American heritage.

On Fox News Thursday morning, Arnold-Jones was questioned by host Ainsley Earhardt.

Earnhardt asked about Haaland potentially becoming the country's first female Native American in Congress.

Arnold-Jones replied "That's what they say, yes," responded Arnold-Jones, to which the host promptly replied "That's what they say? What do you mean by that?"

Arnold-Jones said Well, Im saying theres no doubt that her lineage is Laguna, but she is a military brat just like I am...I think it evokes images that she was raised on a reservation she belongs to a Pueblo.

Arnold-Jones also stated a genuine Laguna Pueblo tribe member would not support "open borders."

In a statement emailed to Indian Country Today shortly after the interview, Haaland wrote the following response:

Statement from Deb Haaland on racist assertion that military service means someone isnt really Native American on Fox News:

"My opponent's assertion on Fox News today that my parents' military service, or not being raised on a reservation, means I am not Native American is racist, an assault on military families, and wrong.

"For generations, Native Americans have been subjected to genocide, forced assimilation, and government-backed family separation. Even today, Native American Tribes suffer through attacks on tribal sovereignty and the ongoing unanswered epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

"Despite all of that, Native Americans are still here, we are proud, and we matter. I am proud to be a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and I am proud of my parents service in both the Marines and the US Navy.

See the clip of Janice Arnold-Jones on Fox and Friends here:


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Comments (12)
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barbreader
barbreader

This stuff is just so weird. Where do these conservatives even come up with it?

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

The real facts ARE that most registered, enrolled Laguna Pueblo (all Legit New Mexico Pueblos) at 40 years and older DO NOT SUPPORT OPEN US borders! In fact there is a traditional degree of trepidation toward "spanish" especially in light of Spanish (hispanic) relations to as early as 1600s! "Spanish" has obvious influence into Mexico, Central America, i.e language. It is no wonder traditional, conservative Pueblos do not favor anymore "spanish" crossings than what they've done already into USA from 1600s 1700s and 1800s. The American presence gave all New Mexico self-goverence which includes the "Lincoln-cane" which are still revered and cherished as the testaments to USA_NEW MEXICO Pueblo relations. If Deb Haaland recites the events and historical harshness, she needs to recite SPAINISH influence which reflects back to Mexican affairs!

Kgorospe
Kgorospe

Deb Haaland is the real thing. Many Native people find it an honor to serve their country just like Debras parents did. As thoughtful person, Laguna Pueblo members have a diversity of views.

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

"Open Borders" do not exist with legitimate American Indian Nations, i.e. Laguna, Navajo, etc. There are LAWS for Tribal enrollment as members. Not everyone and nor does anyone become enrolled, registered, entitled. There are TRIBAL LAWS against "OPEN ENROLLMENT"! A Navajo cannot become a "member" unless there are specific instances to be legally fulfilled.

TurquoiseMama
TurquoiseMama

@JackBilly71TL Actually Pueblo tribes, and many other indigenous nations, had their own forms of self-governance before the colonists arrived. It was not "given" to us by the US government.