Deb Haaland, former state Democratic Party leader, won Tuesday’s primary for New Mexico’s first congressional district. An enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, numerous outlets have reported that Haaland will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress.
— CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 6, 2018
— Shareblue Media (@Shareblue) June 6, 2018
Haaland herself, speaking to supporters after securing the nomination on Tuesday evening, stated that New Mexico had “made history” in nominating her.
She also threw a warning barb at President Donald Trump from the podium, saying, “Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming.”
But a few people noticed that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has long claimed Native American heritage, appeared to have been brushed aside.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 6, 2018
Warren — whose claims have been challenged a number of times — is not a registered member of any Native American tribe or group. She has also gone on record refusing to take a DNA test, saying that her Native American heritage is something she has grown up knowing and doesn’t need to prove.