Sarah Wheelock to Fill Vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN—On November 12th, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Sarah Wheelock, who will be the first Native American judge to sit on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Ms. Wheelock will fill the vacancy occurring upon the retirement of the Honorable Carol A. Hooten. This seat is designated for a resident of the Second Congressional District.
Ms. Wheelock is legal counsel for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake. She previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law and as an Appellate Judge for the White Earth Band of Chippewa Court of Appeals. Her experience includes litigation in tribal, federal, and state courts, as well as economic development and finance work. Ms. Wheelock is a member of the Meskwaki Nation (federally recognized as the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa). She is a member and past Vice President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, member of the National Native American Bar Association, and member of the Federal Bar Association.
Ms. Wheelock earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa.

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