(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota has named a Native American as its next poet laureate — the first time the state has honored a Native American with the title. An English professor at Minnesota State University at Mankato, Gwen Nell Westerman is a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota. Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan — herself a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe — joined Governor Tim Walz yesterday in making the announcement. Westerman is the third-ever poet laureate for Minnesota.
Minnesota Names First Native American Poet Laureate
By Ashley Hanley|2021-09-10T05:59:57-05:00September 10th, 2021|