STORY: [Mary Peltola, Democratic Representative]
"It is the honor of my life to represent Alaska, a place my elders and ancestors have called home for thousands of years."
Location: Washington D.C.
The first Alaska Native elected to Congress has been sworn in
Peltola defeated Republican candidate Sarah Palin to fill Alaska's sole U.S. House of Representatives seat
Almost 20% of the state's population is Indigenous, the highest proportion in the United States
"To this day many people in my community carry forward our traditions of hunting and fishing. I am humbled and deeply honored to be the first Alaska Native elected to this body, the first woman to hold Alaska's House seat, but to be clear I am here to represent all Alaskans. "
Peltola replaces Republican Don Young who died earlier this year
She will serve out the remainder of his term before facing re-election in November