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Coeur d’Alene tribal member Paulette Jordan comes from a long line of ancestral leadership deeply connected to the land of Idaho. The single mother of two ran for Governor in 2018, winning the Democratic Primary by a landslide. A victory in November would have made her the first woman to serve as governor in the state — and would have marked the first time in U.S. history that a Native American has held the governorship of any state.

Despite a hard-hitting loss in the general election to a conservative Republican male opponent, Jordan’s groundbreaking bid for Governor represented a growing movement for Native people, people of color, and women fighting to have a voice and visibility in American politics. Forging ahead and staying true to her path as an Indigenous leader, Paulette Jordan is currently campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate and won Idaho’s Democratic primary in June 2020.

"Jordan battled gracefully throughout the campaign, activating a new kind of hope for the people of Idaho who now find themselves yearning for a new type of leadership."
Sun Valley Film Festival


Main credits

Rae, Heather (film director)
Rae, Heather (screenwriter)
Rae, Heather (photographer)
Dupris, Ben Alex (film producer)
Dupris, Ben Alex (photographer)
Friedenberg, B. Russell (film producer)
Friedenberg, B. Russell (screenwriter)
Jordan, Paulette (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Alex Goetz [and 3 others]; editors, Derek Doneen, Jaki Covington; music, Jennifer Kreisberg.


Indigenous culture, politics, Middle America; "Paulette"; Women Make Movies