Native American progressive Democrat has been working for years to address crisis levels of homelessness in Seattle

Colleen Echohawk, a Native American woman and key advocate in Seattle’s homelessness crisis, is running for mayor of the Pacific north-west city and laying the groundwork for it to potentially elect its first indigenous mayor.

Echohawk, an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake, is a progressive Democrat, but one, she said, “with strong roots in pragmatism”.

This article was amended on 3 February 2021 to clarify that Echohawk is executive director, not founder, of Chief Seattle Club.

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