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Denise Juneau: First American Indian Congresswoman?


In 2008, when she was elected as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Democrat Denise Juneau became the first American Indian woman ever elected to a statewide office in Montana. She was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and would like to add first American Indian Congresswoman to her resume.

Juneau recently kicked off her campaign against the incumbent Ryan Zinke in a bid to claim Montana’s sole congressional representative spot. Juneau, who is an enrolled Mandan Hidatsa tribal member, grew up on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation and is also of Blackfeet descent. She was re-elected as the head of Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) in 2012, and in Indian country has been noted for her commitment to combating the lack of awareness about Native peoples in the education system by helping to implement Montana’s Indian Education for All act (IEFA).



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