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Eleven Indigenous candidates are running for Congress in 10 states as voting members. Ten are seeking seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one is a U.S. Senate candidate.

The newest Indigenous candidate to win office is Mary Peltola. The Yup’ik woman won a special election earlier this year to fill a term that ends in January. She’s seeking a full term this time.

(Related: ICT's #NativeVote2022 coverage)

Here are the Indigenous candidates on the ballots in alphabetical order by state. This article will be updated throughout election night.


Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, Yup’ik, speaks at the Native American Indian Housing Council’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 20, 2022. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, ICT)

Mary Peltola:

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, Yup’ik, was elected in the special election and is now running for a full term. She was the first Indigenous person and first woman elected to represent Alaska in the U.S. House. Challengers include Republican Sarah Palin and Nick Begich and Libertarian candidate Chris Bye. Due to the sheer number of mail-in ballots, as well as the ranked-choice voting system, this race isn’t expected to be called for up to two weeks.


John Mark Porter: Lost

John Mark Porter, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone, is running for California’s 33rd congressional district as a Republican. His opponent is Democrat and incumbent Pete Aguilar, who has served seven years.


Joseph Akana (Photo courtesy of Joeseph Akana Facebook)

Joe Akana: Lost

Republican Joe Akana, Native Hawaiian, advanced from the primary election for congressional district 2. This will also be his second time running. His opponents are Democrat Jill Tokuda and Libertarian Michelle Rose Tippens. Tokuda was declared the winner by the Associated Press


Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., addresses people attending a sign unveiling ceremony for the Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Tuesday, April, 23, 2019, in Kansas City, Kan. The site contains the ruins of the town of Quindaro, which was founded in the 1850s as a free state port of entry and a stop on the underground railroad for slaves to escape from Missouri located across the Missouri River from the town. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sharice Davids: Won

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, is running for reelection to secure a third term. She is running against Republican Amanda Adkins and Libertarian Steve Hole.


FILE - Rep. Charles Graham of Robeson County, speaks during a House floor debate on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. Graham was one of several Democratic negotiators in the General Assembly this year who helped create a two-year state budget that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law in November. The enactment of the budget reflected an easing of hostilities this year between Cooper and Republicans who control the legislature. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Charles Graham: Lost

State Rep. Charles Graham, Lumbee, is looking to represent North Carolina’s 7th congressional district. The state is home to the largest Indigenous nation east of the Mississippi River. Graham now represents Robeson County in the General Assembly that is 44 percent Native American, according to the U.S. Census. His opponent is Republican David Rouzer.

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Elizabeth Mercedes Krause: Lost

From Nevada, Elizabeth Mercedes Krause, Oglala Lakota, ran for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District. Republican and incumbent Mark Amodei was declared the winner with nearly 64 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Krause had 34 percent of the vote with 71 percent reporting. Other candidates were Libertarian Darryl Baber and Russell Best of the Independent American Party.


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Yvette Herrell:

U.S. Rep Yvette Herrell is seeking her second term. This has turned the district from red leaning to a toss-up race. Herrell, Cherokee Nation, is running against Democrats Gabe Vasquez and Eliseo Luna, a write-in candidate.


U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., speaks at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Flagstaff, Ariz. Until recently, Congress hasn't had many Native American members but hope is growing as the Native delegation in the U.S. House increased by two on Election Day along with four Native Americans who won reelection including Mullin who is Cherokee.(AP Photo/Matt York)

Markwayne Mullin: Won

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee Nation, is moving on from U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate. His opponents are Democratic Kendra Horn, Libertarian Robert Murphy and independent Ray Woods. All are vying to serve the remaining four years of retiring Republican Jim Inhofe's term.

Pictured: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-04). Cole is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is the Ranking Member of House Rules Committee.

Tom Cole: Won

The longest-serving Indigenous member of Congress, Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw Nation, is looking to secure his 11th term. He’s running for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District, where he is favored to win. He had two challengers in the Republican primary and won with 70 percent of the votes. He will face democrat Mary Brannon.


Taysha DeVaughan: Lost

Taysha DeVaughan, Comanche Nation, is running for the U.S. House to represent district 9. She faces Republican and incumbent H. Morgan Griffith.


Lynnette Grey Bull, Northern Arapaho and Hunkpapa Lakota, oversees the Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, helping get federal pandemic funds to people who need assistance with housing and electricity. (Photo courtesy of Lynnette Grey Bull)

Lynnette Grey Bull: Lost

Lynnette Grey Bull, Northern Arapaho and Hunkpapa Lakota, secured another Democratic nomination for the second election in a row. She will be facing Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Harriet Hageman, Libertarian Richard Brubaker and Constitution Party’s Marissa Selvig.

ICT has compiled a database of Indigenous candidates. The database is not complete and ICT encourages people to email political correspondent Pauly Denetclaw at to add a past or current 2022 candidate to the list.

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