Opponent Questions Deb Haaland’s Native American Ethnicity
The race for New Mexico’s First Congressional District took an ugly racial turn. In an interview with Fox News’ Fox and Friends on Thursday, former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, the Republican nominee for the seat, suggested that her opponent, Democratic congressional candidate Deb Haaland, isn’t Native American because she did not grow up on a reservation. Host Ainsley Earhardt remarked that Haaland would be the first Native American woman in Congress if elected, to which Arnold-Jones replied, “That’s what they say, yes.” When pressed about her answer, Arnold-Jones continued: “Well, there’s no doubt that her lineage is Laguna, but she’s a military brat, just like I am, and so [long pause], you know, it evokes images that she was raised on a reservation. She belongs to a pueblo.” Haaland responded with a statement on Facebook: “My opponent's assertion on Fox News today that my parents' military service, or not being raised on a reservation, means I am not Native American is racist, an assault on military families, and wrong. For generations, Native Americans have been subjected to genocide, forced assimilation, and government-backed family separation. Even today, Native American Tribes suffer through attacks on tribal sovereignty and the ongoing unanswered epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Despite all of that, Native Americans are still here, we are proud, and we matter. I am proud to be a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and I am proud of my parents’ service in both the Marines and the US Navy.” More here.