Nearly 40 women have set a record for the most Native American women to ever run for office in a single election cycle, The New York Times reported.
According to the Times, at least four Native American women are running for Congress, three more are running for governors’ offices and 31 more are running for seats in state legislatures.
“American Indians have been invisible for so long, in so many sectors in society,” said Denise Juneau, who was among the first native women in the nation to be elected to a statewide executive position when she became the Montana schools superintendent in 2009.
“To be able to make inroads in the political world is huge,” she added.
Some of the Native American women are running as Republicans while others are speaking out against the Trump administration, reports the Times.
There are currently two Native American men in the House of Representatives and there has never been a Native American woman in Congress.
“We’re seeing a new generation of Native Americans who have seen more opportunity in education starting to knock down the doors in politics,” New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan told the Times.
“And it’s not a loud movement, but it’s a steady movement.”