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Paulette Jordan, the Democratic nominee for governor of Idaho, is striving to become the first Native American person elected as the governor of a state.

That has a lot of people wondering about her family. She has a very interesting family background. Jordan is a member of the Couer d’Alene tribe, and she served in the state Legislature in Idaho. Jordan, 38, is facing Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little in the general election.

She is also of Sinkiuse, Nez Perce, and Yakama–Palus descent. “My upbringing was through a broad community of relatives and elders and a strong set of parents. Each of these people taught me the value of respect, humility, and character, and to walk this life with compassion towards others,” she has said. She doesn’t appear to be married, as her biographies do not mention a husband, although she does have two sons.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Her Great-Grandfathers Were Legendary Native American Chiefs

Yakama chief Kamiakin, in drawing made ca. 1852

Paulette Jordan traces her heritage to some of the best known chiefs in American history. “Her great-great grandfathers are American legends: Chief Moses of the Sinkiuse-Columbia tribe and Chief Kamiakin of the Yakama, Palouse and Klickitat tribes,” Boise reports.

According to History, Chief Moses “came to be known as a brave warrior, a fierce opponent of white intrusion, and an influential leader. During the Indian wars and subsequent reservation negotiations, he emerged as one of the most influential tribal leaders in the entire Inland Northwest.” He signed treaties and helped Chief Joseph resettle, the site reports.

Wikimedia CommonsChief Moses

Chief Kamiakin “was an influential chief of the Yakama Tribe, a reluctant signer of the 1855 Walla Walla Treaty creating the Yakama Reservation, and one of the key war leaders during the Northwest’s Indian Wars of 1855-1858,” according to History, which says he was compared to Tecumseh and was once called “every inch a king.”

According to BuzzFeed News, “Her adopted grandfather, Felix Aripa…was one of the tribe’s last Native speakers, with a deep knowledge of the Coeur d’Alene traditional territory and place names.”

She told an educational blog: “Historical leaders I descend from include Chief Weowicht ( Yakama), father of Chief Kamiakin (Yakama–Palus); Chief Moses of the Columbia (Sinkiuse); Chief Circling Raven (Coeur d’Alene), Chief Andrew Seltice (Coeur …read more



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