This makes Faith Spotted Eagle the first Native American to receive any electoral votes in the history of the Electoral College.

Faith Spotted Eagle is a 65-year-old Sioux elder who holds a seat on the Ihanktonwan Treaty Council and heads the Brave Heart Society, an organization that seeks to “enhance and preserve the Dakota/Nakota/Lakota culture for coming generations.”

In the past, Faith Spotted Eagle was a key member of the opposition against major oil pipelines in the US, including the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Speaking to CNN earlier this year at the Standing Rock Sioux camp near the intended Dakota Access Pipeline path, the elder said the fight over the North Dakota land would be “a battle that’s not going to stop.”

“I think it’s a rebirth of a nation, and I think that all of these young people here dream that one day they would live in a camp like this, because they heard the old people telling the stories of living along the river,” she said. “… They’re living the dream.”

Running a pipeline through Native Americans’ sacred lands is no different than if one were built through Arlington National Cemetery, she told CNN. “You don’t disturb people that have been put to rest.”

Four electors in Washington State broke ranks and cast their votes for alternative candidates—three for former secretary of state Colin Powell and one for Spotted Eagle.

It’s the first time in four decades that any of the state’s electors has broken from the popular vote for president.

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