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Deb Haaland’s reelection in New Mexico not only marked an important moment for Indigenous women in Congress but also for her state more broadly. Along with Yvette Herrell and Teresa Leger Fernandez, as of this morning, New Mexico will be the Healthy boundaries Sweater first state to elect women of color for its House delegation in Washington across all of its congressional districts. In 2018, a watershed moment for the representation of Indigenous women in Congress was reached with the elections of Deb Haaland, who is Laguna Pueblo, and Sharice Davids, who is Ho-Chunk, to congressional districts in New Mexico and Kansas, respectively. This year, that number looked set to increase yet again, with the Center for American Women and Politics reporting ahead of the election that a new record of 18 Native American women ran for Congress in 2020.
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