First Native American woman elected

Ms Sharice Davids made history when she became one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress.
Ms Sharice Davids made history when she became one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Former attorney and mixed martial arts fighter Sharice Davids made history when she became one of the first two Native American women to be elected to the US Congress.

It was such a big deal, noted National Geographic, because only 300 of the roughly 12,000 Congress lawmakers since 1789 have been of Native American descent - and all of them were men.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'First Native American woman elected'. Print Edition | Subscribe