Titla: The audacity of inclusion
Bureau of Indian Affairs: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. House of Representatives:
Perhaps she meant the only two Native American men to serve in Congress recently (since Campbell is no longer in office) or in her lifetime. But it didn't sound like it.
Why bother with such a claim? Whenever I hear a claim about a Native "first," I wonder. Indians have led modern, successful lives for at least 100 years, if not longer. It doesn't help anyone to pretend that they're just now accomplishing things that others accomplished decades ago. Rather, it has the subtle effect of portraying them as less capable than they really are.