6/4/20 – Jeanne Givens

Today is the 101st anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave white women the right to vote. Of course, Native American women, and other women of color, were not included in that right. In fact, on June 4, 1919, American Indians were not yet citizens of the United States. That didn’t happen until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. It took several more decades, as late as 1948, for American Indians to get the right to vote in each state. Today there are a handful of Native Americans serving in Congress. Yet, in 1988, Jeanne Givens became the first Native American woman to run for U.S. Senate. Givens, Coeur d’Alene, and had served in the Idaho state legislature in the late 80s before her venture into national office. Givens joins us today to talk about her historic race and her thoughts on this election year.