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Native legislative candidates have a chance to make history


HELENA – If American Indian candidates win all 11 seats in the Montana Legislature they are running for this fall, the percentage of Natives in the session would for the first time be representative of the population in the state.

American Indians make up 7.4 percent of Montanans but have historically been under-represented in the Legislature. In the 2015 session, there were eight American Indian legislators – three in the Senate and five in the House – for 5.3 percent of the 150 members.


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