Midterm Elections: Historic Night for Indian Country – Split Decision in Congress >>

November 9th, 2018

Historic Night for Indian Country – Split Decision in Congress

The 2018 Midterm Elections delivered historic firsts for Indian Country, as voters sent the first two Native American women to Congress, and elected the first Native American governor and Native female Lt. Governor at the state level.

Tuesday’s election delivered a split decision at the federal level. Republicans expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate by at least 2 seats, while Democrats return to power in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. While divided government will likely bring more gridlock, there are potential openings for positive policy gains for Indian Country.

Key U.S. House and Senate committee assignments will not be finalized until December. The lame-duck session of Congress that will begin on November 14 and is scheduled to close on December 14.

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