It’s Tribal Sovereignty Day at the State Capitol. All committee hearings have been canceled and Minnesota’s 11 tribes have been invited to speak before and with lawmakers.

Democrat Minnesota State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter.

St. Peter State Representative Jeff Brand says it’s a day of particular importance given the history of the south-central Minnesota region.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is currently the highest-ranking Native American woman in state or federal office.