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A Historic Number of Native American Women Are Running for Office: 'We're Helping to Clear a Path'

Peggy Flanagan had wanted to be a special education teacher. She'd volunteered in special education classrooms for almost a decade. She'd earned her degree in the field. But toward the end of her time in school, she ended up on a drive past Sen. Paul Wellstone's reelection headquarters. Wellstone, a progressive lion, had served two terms in the Senate. He wanted a third. (He died in a plane crash less than two weeks before the race.) Flanagan liked him, in particular for his simple conviction that politics could improve people's lives. On a whim, she decided to stop in. "I stuffed envelopes for two hours with complete strangers," she says. "And that was it. I had been bitten by the bug."


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