It’s been an eventful election season, including scandals and voting discrepancies, to name a few. Amidst the craze and uncertainty, new records have been broken when it comes to representing indigenous individuals in the government. Six Native Americans have been elected into Congress, marking a significant milestone for the indigenous community and the world at large. This is especially true when it comes to the protection of the land, waterways, and surrounding environment.
The elected individuals represent Kansas, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Representation is also among the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Marina Islands.
Proud of the confidence New Mexicans have in me to work for our families and bring their voices to Congress.— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) November 4, 2020
Can’t wait to continue delivering for New Mexico next Congress! pic.twitter.com/Dkc2zwDj2j
With our planet being in its current position, including over-polluted cities, exploitative practices, and rising sea levels fueled by corporate greed, indigenous representation is a monumental step toward shifting policies to serve our home correctly.
“If you’re breathing polluted air every single day and then a respiratory virus comes through, it stands to reason that it’s going to affect the population there,” Haaland, elected representative of New Mexico, said in an interview. Representatives are taking these steps along the board in other states as well.
“I wanted to be on that committee because transportation and infrastructure has a huge impact on climate change,” Kansas representative Sharice Davids shared during an event.
Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, representative Markwayne Mullen makes strides in reversing the state’s history in oil production by investing in wind energy. “I’m all for more renewable energy resources… I just think we need to look at different ways of addressing this problem, and we shouldn’t sacrifice our economy to try to fix it,” Mullen finishes.
The fact that six indigenous people have been elected into Congress says more than the power of diverse representation. It also reminds us of our power in creating lasting change and exercising our right to vote. While I believe our voting system is incredibly flawed—whether you believe in the voting system or not—it is worth considering how exercising our rights plays into the bigger picture.
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