Peggy Flanagan condemned lieutenant governor candidate Matt Birk’s statements at an anti-abortion group’s gathering in Georgia following the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24. Birk and running mate Scott Jensen called the news conference a distraction from issues like cost of living and crime.
Gwen Nell Westerman has taught English at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 1992. A citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, she is an award-winning and nationally published writer who focuses her work on Dakota history and language.
Demonstrators urged President Joe Biden and Gov. Tim Walz to listen to Indigenous nations in northern Minnesota who are opposed to the pipeline, which would cross near reservation land and through waterways.