Anishinaabe Candidates for Lt. Governor & State Representative to Visit Red Lake Will be at Red Lake Nation College Tuesday, 10/23, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Peggy Flanagan


Published October 22, 2018

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION  — The odds are good that Minnesota will have a Native American woman Lieutenant Governor come 2019. DFL endorsed Governor Tim Walz chose Peggy Flanagan, a White Earth Nation member to be his running mate as Lt. Governor. Flanagan has visited Red Lake on numerous occasions and with the Red Lake Tribal Council recently.

The Red Lake Nation and Red Lake Nation College have issued an open invitation for all to come and meet and greet the Democratic (DFL) Lieutenant Governor candidate, Peggy Flanagan, a member from the White Earth Nation.

Also, in attendance will be Michael Northbird, a Minnesota legislature candidate for our reservation and our region. Michael is an enrolled member from Leech Lake and has ancestral connections, close relatives and ties to Red Lake.

They will both be at the Red Lake Nation College Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

Beverages and cookies will be provided. Please come and meet them and make sure to vote on November 6, 2018 and elect the first Native Americans to be elected as Lt. Governor and State Rep for Red Lake Nation and Minnesota.

Please Vote, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 8 am to 8 pm.

More on Flanagan and Northbird

Peggy Flanagan is an American political activist/politician, serving as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2015. She is a member of the DFL party representing District 46A in the western Twin Cities metro area and is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.

On July 28, 2016, Flanagan became the first Native American woman to address the Democratic National Convention (or any convention of a major party), from the podium.

In 2017, she became a candidate for lieutenant governor, joining U.S. Representative Tim Walz in the 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election.

Flanagan was raised by a single mother in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just west of Minneapolis. Flanagan attended local schools and received a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the U of M in 2002.

While in college, Flanagan worked for the campaign of Democratic US Senator Paul Wellstone, eventually becoming an organizer for the urban Native American community. After college, she worked for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, doing outreach work between Native American families and the Minneapolis public school system.

Flanagan is a member of the White Earth Band. She has one daughter with her former husband. Flanagan resides in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Michael Northbird

Michael Northbird, a Leech Lake (MCT) member but has Red Lake (Ponemah) ancestry. Northbird was endorsed for Minnesota House District 2A, an area that includes the entire Red Lake Nation.

House District 2A includes all or parts of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties. Cities include, Akeley, Bagley, Baudette, Blackduck, Clearbrook, Funkley, Gonvick, Kelliher, Laporte, Leonard, Roosevelt, Shevlin, Solway, Tenstrike, Turtle River, Warroad, Williams, Wilton, and the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Northbird has been an Environmental Program Manager for the past nine years, currently employed by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Prior to that he was a civil engineer for over a decade working on various projects across northern Minnesota and neighboring states.

Northbird was born and raised in Cass Lake. He currently lives in Farden Township in northern Hubbard County just west of Cass Lake with his wife of nine years and a daughter who is a junior at Cass Lake-Bena High School.

Northbird is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe enrolled in the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, but also a direct descendent of Red Lake Nation. His great-grandmother is sister to his great-great-uncle Thomas J. Stillday Jr., a well-known and respected Red Lake spiritual leader, now passed.

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