, 2023-01-07 02:09:04,
Here is a roundup of some of the top stories related to Native Americans in 2022.
Native Americans scored big victories in the midterm vote
2022 saw a record number of Native American/Alaska Native political candidates running for federal, state and local office in the November 8 midterm elections. Of the 150 candidates, more than 85 won at the ballot box, including:
- Republican Markwayne Mullen, a native of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, won a seat in the US Senate
- Democrat Mary Beltula, Yup’ik of West Alaska, was elected to the United States House of Representatives
- Democrat Sharice Davids, a Ho-Chunk of Kansas, won a third term in the US House of Representatives
Republican Tom Cole, Chickasaw of Oklahoma, won his 11th term in the US House of Representatives
In June, President Joe Biden nominated Chief Motoi Mothach (“Many Hearts”) Marilyn “Lynn” Malirpa, life chief of the Mohegan Indian tribe in Connecticut, to be treasurer of the United States. It now oversees the US Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Knox, home to the US gold reserves, and is a key contact with the Federal Reserve, the US central bank.
In December, Malerba and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen became the first pair of women to sign a new $5 bill.
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