First Native American Congresswoman?
Democrat Deb Haaland won the primary for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. If she defeats Republican Janice Arnold-Jones (who ran unopposed), she will be the first Native American woman in Congress.
The former Democratic state party leader, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, is seeking to replace Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is leaving her post representing the solidly Democratic district to run for governor. Haaland outlasted a strong field that included former US Attorney Damon Martinez and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, an activist and former law professor.
"Tonight, New Mexico made history," Haaland said in a speech Tuesday, calling hers a "victory for working people, a victory for women and a victory for everyone who has been sidelined by the billionaire class."
She included a message for the White House.
"Donald Trump and the billionaire class," she said, "should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming."
There are 23 tribes in New Mexico, according to the state's Indian Affairs Department, and Native Americans make up a little more than 10% of the total population.
Naturally, it is a bit far to suggest "the blue wave is coming."