Wednesday Open Line


A social milestone was reached this date in 1907 when Charles Curtis of Kansas was seated in the U.S. Senate, completing the few weeks remaining in the term of a resigned senator. He was also chosen to serve a full term in that office. Curtis became the first person with Native American blood to serve in the Senate. He remained until March 3, 1929, when he left the Senate to serve as vice president under Herbert Hoover. There are over 2.5 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives, 26 percent of those over the age of 16 in the civilian workforce are in management, business, science and arts occupations. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.