Kimberly Teehee becomes first Cherokee delegate to Congress

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The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol/CC 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Nearly 200 years ago, the Cherokee Nation signed a treaty with the United States. The result? They were forcibly removed from the Southeastern part of the U.S. to Oklahoma. As compensation, the Cherokees would be allowed to appoint a member to Congress. They recently chose Kimberly Teehee.