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Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) made history when, earlier this year, she became one of the first Native American representatives elected to the United States Congress.

But Haland's work had only begun from there. Since her election, she's been serving on the Committee for Armed Services and the Committee for Natural Resources.

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Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) at the House podium. (C-SPAN)

During a House committee meeting on Friday, as first-term Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) presided over the floor of the House, Republican Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois asked the House to recognize the history that Haaland was making.

Davis stated:

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Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) speaks during the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel (C-SPAN)

Wednesday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held hearings regarding the Trump administration's reinstated ban on transgender servicemembers. One of the newly appointed members of the committee in attendance was New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland. In November, Haaland became one of two Native American women—both Democrats serving in the House—who made history as the first ever elected to Congress.

Kansas Representative Sharice Davids, Ho-chunk, and Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, share another commonality: both are the children of career military members. Davids' mother served in the Army while Haaland's father did 30 years in the Marine Corps and Haaland's mother was a member of the Navy.

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Democratic Representative Sharice Davids of Kansas and Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico (Sharice for Congress and Deb Haaland for Congress)

Indian, American Indian, Native American, Native, Indigenous, Aboriginal or First Nations, the designation given by the United States government and popular culture for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas evolved since first contact over 500 years ago.

During that time, the United States was born, grew and evolved as well.

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