"Autumn also addressed the United Nations General Assembly at the age of thirteen, and received the Water Warrior Award at the age of 14 along with her late aunt, Josephine Mandamin. Other indigenous pioneers include Leeton Shire native Linda Jean Burney, who became the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 2016. Incumbent Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo is the first indigenous woman to hold the position, and only the second person to hold the position for three terms. Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Auckland Dame Cynthia Kiro was appointed the first indigenous Governor-General of the Realm of New Zealand, and will assume the office in October of this year. Secretary of the Interior Debra Anne Haaland, former Representative for New Mexico's 1st District, became the first indigenous woman to serve in a United States Cabinet position. And former Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald became the first woman elected as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada earlier this month."
- Cynthia Kiro (KEE-roh)