This Anti-Trump candidate could be our first Native American governor

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According to The Indigenous American, 37-year-old Paulette Jordan has launched “a campaign to become the country’s first Native American governor.” The “Idaho state representative and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe,” is reportedly running as “a progressive Democrat [to] become state governor.”

Born and raised in North Idaho, Jordan reportedly “has ancestry from several local tribes … and comes from a line of local chiefs dating back to her great-grandfather.” Also a “former member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe’s council,” Jordan’s politics are reported as heavily influenced by her “heritage and time in tribal leadership.”

Her campaign places a heavy focus on “environmental protection and conservation,” says ‘The Indigenous American,’ which Jordan “says comes directly from her family’s commitments to stewardship of the earth and protecting it at all costs.” She has also told reporters that she “feels a strong personal connection” to “the conservation of federal lands and national monument sites that the Trump administration is determined to sell off.”

Jordan has had more than a few words to say about President Trump who not only recently “drastically reduced the size of federally protected Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to open them up for oil and gas drilling,” but also “offended multiple tribal leaders by referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” at a ceremony honoring the Navajo Code Talkers.”

“Our president lacks humanity. He lacks respect. He lacks honor,” said Jordan. “For him to disrespect World War II veterans and to be the only president to have done so in the White House is disrespectful of the White House. For him to bring in a U.S. senator, as he does, and try to slight the indigenous people of this land who have stood up for freedom and for this land for generations. I think that’s the travesty. And that’s what people should be thinking about.”

Even with her carefully moderated stances on issues like abortion and gun rights,” however, says ‘The Indigenous American,’ “Jordan is set to face an uphill battle running as a progressive in Idaho, a state which hasn’t elected a Democrat for governor since 1990, and which Trump won by more than 30 points in 2016.”

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