Paulette Jordan is a member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe in Idaho. She could become the first Native American governor in November.
Paulette Jordan was born into a ranching and farming family in northern Idaho. She is an enrolled citizen of the federally recognized Coeur d'Alene tribe, which is based on the reservation of the same name. She also has Sinkiuse (known as the Moses–Columbia Band of the Colville Confederacy), Nez Perce, and Yakama–Palus ancestry.
Jordan attended Gonzaga Preparatory before going to the University of Washington, where she graduated. While in Seattle, she held a variety of leadership roles in community activism and became involved in local city politics, also serving as an Advisor to the President of the University.
After returning to the reservation, Jordan ran for and was elected to the Tribal Council. From this position, she became the co-chair of gaming for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), an organization founded in 1953 so that tribes could act in concert on mutual interests. She is also a Senior Executive Board representative, Finance Chair and Energy Initiative Chair for the National Indian Gaming Association, serving her third consecutive term. She also owns timber and farmland in northern Idaho.
Paulette Jordan is a native Idahoan elected to serve in the Idaho House of Representatives (District 5) first in 2014 and then reelected in 2016, making her the only Democrat elected to represent Northern Idaho.
Paulette grew up in rural Northern Idaho in a family rooted in agriculture and caring for the land. This humble upbringing instilled in her the values of strength in the face of challenge and adversity, diligence in loving and helping family and neighbors, and pride in hard work and service. Paulette credits much of her leadership abilities and knowledge to having remarkable and wise role models who instilled in her the importance of taking action and fighting for justice, while stressing the significance of first listening with an open heart and mind to a wide range of perspectives and ideas.
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