Two NM Native American women running for Congress - Albuquerque Journal

Two NM Native American women running for Congress

It turns out that two Native American women are running for Congress in New Mexico, not one.

Debra Haaland

Democrat Deb Haaland has made her membership in Laguna Pueblo a central part of her campaign in the 1st Congressional District. But the fact that Republican Yvette Herrell in the 2nd District is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation has not been widely reported outside of the Native American press until recently.

Herrell told the Journal on Saturday that she wanted to focus her campaign on the issues and desire to serve the state, nothing else.

“I want people to vote for me because of my experience, what I bring to the table, not because I have a portion of Native American blood in me,” Herrell said. “I don’t think that qualifies me one way or another.”

Yvette Herrell

An Associated Press story published on page A13 of today’s Journal covers the large number of Native American candidates for office nationwide, including Herrell.

A third Native American woman, Democrat Sharice Davids, is running for Congress in Kansas. She is a member of Ho-Chunk Nation.

If any of them wins, it will be the first time a Native American woman has been elected to the U.S. House.

Home » Politics » Election » Two NM Native American women running for Congress


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Petition to NM high court seeks probe of Trump ...
ABQnews Seeker
Request to Supreme Court asks for ... Request to Supreme Court asks for action in fake electors case
2
NM primary election results certified as November election looms
2022 election
New Mexico closed the books — ... New Mexico closed the books — for the most part — on a primary election cycle marked by conspiracy theories and legal warnings, as ...
3
Calling NM 'lawless,' Ronchetti unveils public safety priorities
2022 election
Republican candidate for governor says he ... Republican candidate for governor says he will push to stiffen criminal penalties, make it easier to hold defendants in jail awaiting trial
4
Otero County highlighted by Jan. 6 Committee
ABQnews Seeker
Officials also mention NM was pressured ... Officials also mention NM was pressured to alter election result
5
Lawmakers weigh fallout of NM election certification drama
2022 election
Jeers of 'cowards,' 'traitors' are hurled ... Jeers of 'cowards,' 'traitors' are hurled at some commissioners casting votes
6
New attack ad targets governor's spending
2022 election
Ad says Lujan Grisham used money ... Ad says Lujan Grisham used money out of a discretionary fund intended for social and diplomatic events
7
New Mexico prosecutor says GOP county must certify vote
ABQnews Seeker
Showdown comes on the eve of ... Showdown comes on the eve of the deadline to certify the results of the June 7 primary
8
NM Supreme Court orders Otero County Commission to certify ...
2022 election
GOP commissioners have refused to certify ... GOP commissioners have refused to certify primary election tally
9
GOP Commission refuses to approve NM primary vote
ABQnews Seeker
County clerk objected to the move; ... County clerk objected to the move; no concerns raised about discrepancies