Pioneer for female Native Americans

Ms Deb Haaland, representing the state of New Mexico, became one of the first two Native American women to be sworn into Congress last month.
Ms Deb Haaland, representing the state of New Mexico, became one of the first two Native American women to be sworn into Congress last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

When Ms Deb Haaland was born in 1960, Native Americans in her state of New Mexico did not even have the right to vote; it came two years later in 1962.

Last month, she became one of the first two Native American women to be sworn into Congress, representing the state of New Mexico, home to the Laguna Pueblo tribe that she is part of.

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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 'Pioneer for female Native Americans'. Print Edition | Subscribe