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No, Harris will not be the first

To the editor:

In your article “Reforming Relationships with our Native Indians” you mentioned that president-elect Biden is being urged to pick the first Native American Indian for his cabinet and that she would be the first Native American to serve in the cabinet.

I beg to differ. Vice President Charles Curtis, a mixed race Kaw-Indian/White from Kansas, was the first to serve in a president’s cabinet, under Herbert Hoover. Therefore, Kamala Harris will be the second person of color to be vice president.

This information came from an outstanding Government/American History class which required us to memorize the presidents and vice presidents, in order, along with the chief justices. My class essay was on Abraham Lincoln and his administrations. Are high school students being taught American government and history or is that left up to CNN, MSNBC and YouTube?

WALTER DOMBROSKI, MD

Salem

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