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NCAI staffer seeks public office in Minnesota

Irene Folstrom, a staffer at the National Congress of American Indians, is running for State Legislature in Minnesota.

Folstrom is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. If she is elected, she said she will be the first Native American in the Legislature in about a decade.

As part of her campaign, Folstrom has received support from the Indigenous Democratic Network. INDN's List was started by Kalyn Free, a Choctaw Nation member who ran for U.S. Congress in 2004 but lost. She has raised about $200,000 to help Indian Democrat candidates.

Get the Story:
Woman hopes to buff up Indian political clout (Gannett News Service 11/28)

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