Community Innovator: Representative Heather Keeler Finds Power in Policy for Indigenous Women
State Sen. Mary Kunesh, State Rep Heather Keeler, and State Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn wear Indigenous American ribbon skirts to the MN state capital the day that Deb Haaland made history as the first Indigenous American to be confirmed into the U.S. Office of the Interior. The tradition of creating and wearing ribbon skirts dates back to at least the early 1800’s. Rep. Keeler says they connect the wearer to her Indigenous culture, and are considered a connection to Mother Earth. “We love our ribbon skirts,” she says of the vibrant skirts, each one unique.
By: Darcy Berglund
March 31, 2022