Minnesota's first Native American judge on the Supreme Court
While sometimes it seems like we have surpassed many of the "firsts" in society, last week there was a new — and significant — first. Anne McKeig, a Native American, took her spot on the Minnesota Supreme Court. This is significant progress for the face of justice in Minnesota and will stand long into the future. Gov. Mark Dayton announced he was naming McKeig to the state Supreme Court back in June. Last week she went through her "robing" ceremony and stepped into her new role as a member of the now majority-female Minnesota Supreme Court.
Anne McKeig is affiliated with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. In June she tearfully accepted her nomination and credited Justice Robert A. Blaeser, the first, and longest serving, Native American district court judge who helped inspire her to achieve this dream. Blaeser retired in 2012 after serving 17 years on the bench.