2016 50 Most Beautiful

Jordan Daniel
Jordan Daniel
Hometown: 
Lower Brule, S.D.
Age: 
28
Relationship Status: 
Single
Party Affiliation: 
Independent

Jordan Marie Daniel’s loyalty to her Sioux tribe is evident in her work at the Administration for Native Americans.

“It’s been my dream since I was in eighth grade to be an advocate for Indian country,” she says.

Self-described as “always on the go,” Daniel balances her government job with being a professional runner for New Balance, which she says can be a challenge, especially in the D.C. humidity.

Earlier this year, she completed the Boston Marathon to raise money for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and she hopes to launch her own athletic nonprofit, Team Indigenous. 

When she’s not working or training to reach her goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic trials, Daniel updates her blog, Native in DC, which she hopes will help bridge the gap between Capitol Hill and Native American communities and inspire the next generation of advocates.

— Maria Rachal