MN Swears In Its 1st American Indian Supreme Court Justice

By Melissa Turtinen | September 16. 2016 | SOURCE: Bring Me The News | PHOTO: John Autey

Anne K. McKeig is the first American Indian to be sworn in as a state Supreme Court justice in the United States.

The 49-year-old was appointed to Minnesota’s highest court by Gov. Mark Dayton back in June. When McKeig, a descendant of White Earth Nation, was appointed, she called it a “historic day … for all Native people.”

She’s replacing Associate Justice Christopher J. Dietzen, who retired this summer.

And at Thursday’s public investiture ceremony, held at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, she thanked Dayton for “having faith” in a woman from Federal Dam, saying his appointment shows “great vision and wisdom” because he appreciates the role Native Americans have in the history of Minnesota, according to a news release.

During her career – which includes stops in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, teaching at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and work as a District Court judge –  she’s specialized in child protection and Indian welfare issues, the governor’s office said.

And she was praised for that work Thursday. The Star Tribune says people spoke of her wit, generosity and commitment to the welfare of children.

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