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Flanagan, tribal leaders say Native voters have power to shift November election


August 19, 2020

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, speaks to the media during a visit to the home of Ariane Bromberg, a licensed child care provider, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Rochester. Lt. Gov. Flanagan was in Rochester as part of an announcement of a plan to distribute $56.6 million in CARES Act funding for child care providers. (Joe Ahlquist /

ST. PAUL - With the Democratic National Convention in full swing, delegates and lawmakers from the Upper Midwest and throughout the country on Tuesday, Aug. 18, discussed what November's General Election could mean for Indian Country and how to increase Native voter turnout.

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, who endorsed the Biden-Harris Democratic presidential ticket last week, made an appearance at the party's Native American Caucus virtual meeting Tuesday afternoon. She reiterated her support for the former Vice President Tuesday, and said November's General Election is "an incredible opportunity here to ensure that Native people, that our votes are counted, that we turn out."

Flanagan, of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is the first woman of color elected to statewide office in Minnesota, and the second Native woman voted to statewide executive office in U.S. history. By turning out the Native vote in November, as well as increasing Native representation in office down the ballot, she said Native communities can ensure that, "Things will not be done to us, but they will be done with us."


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