UPDATED NUMBERS: A LOOK AT NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN ELECTED TO OFFICE

  Mark Trahant*

Republished with author's permission from Trahant Reports, March 29, 2017, https://trahantreports.com/2017/03/29/early-numbers-a-look-at-native-american-women-elected-to-office/.

Good morning.

A quick update. So a reader points out that I really ought to include Debora Juarez in this list (and in the broader review of Native women in office). And it’s a spot on suggestion.

So I have added Juarez and a couple of county commissioners I know about … but there should be more. Please let me know about women serving on city councils, as mayors, county commissions, etc. Montana? South Dakota? Alaska?

Do you know of any Native women who are elected as city and county officials that should be included? Thank you.

I am working on a piece about Native American women who were elected to office at the state (or, I wish, at the federal) level.

This is my spreadsheet. Please take a look and let me know if anyone is missing.

**City of Seattle

Council Member

Debora

Juarez

Blackfeet

NP

***Coconio County, AZ

Board of Supervisors

Lena

Fowler

Navajo

D

***McKinley County, NM

County Commission

Carolyn

Bowman-Muskett

Navajo

D

***McKinley County, NM

County Commission

Genevieve

Jackson

Navajo

D

I have identified 62 American Indian or Alaska Natives in state legislatures — 25 women (40 percent) and 37 men (60 percent). As a comparison, nationally, women make up just under a quarter of all elected legislative seats. (1,363 members or 24.4 percent). And that means Native American women are 1.834 percent of the women who serve in office.

Also eight Native American women have run for Congress and two have run for the vice presidency.

I am planning a story and an interactive graphic for the weekend. (It’s taking me longer than I planned. I keep getting distracted by the frenetic pace of the Trump administration.

Thanks for any help (or ideas). — Mark

*Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

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