Featured photo: Flanagan at BSU’s American Indian Resource Center. Submitted.
Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was named Bemidji State University’s 38th Distinguished Minnesotan.
According to a release, the award acknowledges the contributions of current or former residents of the state who have performed exemplary service to the people of Minnesota or the United States.
Flanagan is the highest ranking indigenous woman elected to executive office in U.S. history, and the first American Indian to hold statewide office in Minnesota.
The Distinguished Minnesotan traditionally addresses graduating seniors at BSU’s commencement, which will be held at a later date due to COVID-19.