PHILADELPHIA -- Rep. Peggy Flanagan, DFL-St. Louis Park, was one of the few state legislators from across the country to be given a speaking slot on the big stage of the Democratic National Convention.
Speaking Thursday, the day Hillary Clinton was scheduled to give her nomination acceptance speech, Flanagan talked about her three year old daughter and breaking barriers. She read a letter she prepared for her daughter.
"You can't run to be the first Native American President until you're 35. But you can come knock on doors with me for Hillary this fall. And I'll be so, so proud to bring you with me to vote for her on November 8th. Someday, I'll vote for you," said Flanagan, who is a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe.
GOP candidate Donald Trump has drawn the ire of American Indians for referring to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" for her uncorroborated claims that she is an American Indian.
Flanagan was elected in a special election last year in a heavily DFL district and finished her first legislative session in May.
She had been executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Children's Defense Fund.
Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund in the 1970s and later was on the national board.