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Minnesota names its first Native American poet laureate

 

September 10, 2021

Gwen Nell Westerman, a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, speaks at a Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, news conference at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul. Westerman on Thursday was named Minnesota's poet laureate. She is the first Native American selected as Minnesota's poet laureate. (Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service)

ST. PAUL - Minnesota has made history by naming its first Native American poet laureate: Gwen Nell Westerman, an English professor at Minnesota State University Mankato and citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota.

Westerman's appointment was announced at a Thursday, Sept. 9, news conference at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul.

Westerman said Thursday that she is honored to take on the role "and as a Dakota woman, to be a presence for healing and understanding and sharing more knowledge and information about our people, all of our people, in the state of Minnesota because we all love this land."

https://www.pinejournal.com/news/government-and-politics/7188362-Minnesota-names-its-first-Native-American-poet-laureate

 

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