A record four Indian lawmakers in Washington

A record four tribal members are serving in the Washington Legislature this session.

Don Barlow, a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, and Claudia Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, are new to the state Senate. John McCoy, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, and Jeff Morris, who is Tsimshian, serve in the state House.

"It's the most ever," Jacqueline Johnson, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, told The Seattle Times.

All four candidates are among those who have benefited from INDN's List, or Indigenous Democratic Network, a group that helps tribal members seek and win public office. "We love Washington," Kalyn Free, the president of INDN's List, said.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 64 Native Americans are serving in 14 states. Oklahoma, with 18 Indian lawmakers, has the most, followed by Alaska and Montana are next with nine each and New Mexico with six.

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