Some firsts, as reported by Madison Huddle

  • The Oneida Indian Nation regains rightful control of more than 1,500 funerary objects and cultural artifacts, and receives a long overdue apology, from Colgate University.
  • Through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, remote locations on the Navajo Nation reservation receive electricity for the first time ever.
  • American Heritage Month is honored with a first-ever reception at the White House.
  • The National Native American Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

MA: Andrea Campbell will be the state’s first Black woman Attorney General.

MD: Governor-elect Wes Moore will be the first Black governor in MD history.

MN: Leigh Finke becomes the state’s first transgender legislator.

MN: Alicia Kozlowski (Ojibwe) will be the first non-binary person to serve in the state legislature.

NH: James Roesener is elected to the NH House, becoming the first openly transgender man to be elected to a state legislature in U.S. history.

NM voters approve a permanent child care fund.

PA: Congresswoman-elect Summer Lee is first Black woman elected to Congress from PA.

VT: Congresswoman-elect Becca Balint will be the state’s first woman and first openly LGBTQ person to serve in Congress.

Governors-elect Maura Healey (MA) and Tina Kotek (OR) will be the first openly lesbian governors in U.S. history.

Rebecca Blankenship becomes KY’s first ever openly transgender public official.

Helen Tran becomes the first Asian American (and only the third woman) elected to serve as Mayor of San Bernardino.

Karen Bass becomes the first woman elected as mayor of Los Angeles.

The latest edition of Scrabble’s official dictionary does not include 200 slurs and other offensive words.

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