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Who are our Native American members of Congress?

Oct.10 observes Indigenous Peoples Day, and it's a good time to reflect on diversity within Capitol Hill’s congressional chambers.

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In the United States, there are 574 Native American Tribes recognized by the federal government spread across more than 30 states. Within states, there are individually recognized tribes that deliver unique contributions to their respective governments at the state level. 

You can view the full list for both right here. 

And while an expansive list surely merits adequate representation at the federal level, unfortunately, both legislative chambers on Capitol Hill suffer from grave underrepresentation of the overall diversity of tribes in the United States. 

In all, Native American lawmakers in the Senate amount to zero out of one hundred total in the U.S. Senate, while in the House of Representatives, there are five Native American Representatives in a body of 435. 

Most recently, Alaska elected its first member to the House of Representatives in the U.S. Senate in 2022, defeating Republican contender and previous Governor Sarah Palin. 

Who are they? The list below ranks each member in order of their elected term and will include resigned members who continue their work in government.

Name: Tom Cole

Tribe: Chickasaw

Political party: Republican

Term: Elected in January 2003, Incumbent

State: Oklahoma

House Rep. Tom Cole
Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images 

 

Name: Markwayne Mullin

Tribe: Cherokee

Political party: Republican

Term: Elected January 2013, Incumbent

State: Oklahoma

House Rep Markwayne Mullins
Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

 

Name: Sharice Davids

Tribe: Ho-Chunk

Political party: Democratic

Term: Elected January 2019

State: Kansas

House Rep. Sharice Davids
Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

 

Name: Deb Haaland

Tribe: Laguna Pueblo

Political party: Democratic

Term: elected January 2019, Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Interior

State: New Mexico

Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland
Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

 

Name: Yvette Herrell

Tribe: Cherokee

Political party: Republican

Term: Elected January 2021

State: New Mexico

House Rep. Yvette Herrell
Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images

 

Name: Mary Peltola

Tribe: Yup’ik

Political party: Democratic

Term: Elected September 2022

State: Alaska

House Rep Mary Peltola
Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

 

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