It’s Indigenous Peoples Day in Minnesota, a day to honor and celebrate indigenous people and communities in our state. Today, we’re celebrating by recognizing our next Lt. Governor, Peggy Flanagan!
A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy Flanagan is a longtime advocate for children, families, communities of color, and indigenous people. Even before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2015, she fought to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage and worked to create a better Minnesota for the youngest Minnesotans as executive director of the Children’s Defense fund.
Whichever way Minnesota votes, our state will have its first Native American Lt. Governor, but this wouldn’t be Peggy Flanagan’s first time making history. She was the first Native American woman to address the Democratic National Convention as an official speaker in 2016, and was one of only two Native American state representatives in Minnesota at the time of her election. In 2017, she formed the POCI (People of Color and Indigenous) caucus with other state legislators to reduce academic and economic disparities that affect communities of color.
Peggy Flanagan is a progressive leader who will continue to advocate for all Minnesotans as Lt. Governor. Make sure your friends and family are registered to vote and have a plan to fill out their ballots!