Yesterday Minnesota Governor Elect, Tim Walz, appointed Dennis Olson, Jr. as the Commissioner of Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Dennis is a citizen of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. This appointment is part of Governor Elect Walz’s effort to increase access to education for people of color and address the disparities in prison populations.
Minnesota Lt. Governor-Elect, Peggy Flanagan, is the first ever Native American woman to be elected to state wide executive office.
Both Olson and Flanagan are graduates of the University of Minnesota American Indian Studies program.