Second American Indian to take state office in Minnesota
ST. PAUL — Peggy Flanagan joins a rare segment of the Minnesota Legislature: an American Indian legislator.
The 35-year-old Democrat is a White Earth Nation member who lives St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb. After a special election Tuesday, in which she had no opposition, Flanagan joins Rep. Susan Allen, D-Minneapolis, as the only two Native Americans in the Legislature.
Six American Indians served in the Legislature in the 1800s, five in territorial days. Three served in the 1900s.