Professor Tim Johnson was quoted in a Star Tribune article on the Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which is a strong affirmation of the power of treaties and a major victory for Indian tribes in Oklahoma and across the country.
University of Minnesota political science professor Michael Minta brought up that fact and suggested that as whites approach the end of their “majority” status, it may increase the degree to which their whiteness represents their “identity,” implying perhaps increased implications for their voting behavior.
Once Jessica Oaxaca (BA ‘17) took her first political science class, “there was no going back.” Support from the department and her own outstanding work secured her a position as deputy press secretary to Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan—and more recently as communications director for the Minnesota state senate.
Junior Jaden Lubarski had a hectic spring semester— he changed his major, and then classes went virtual. But amid the stressful circumstances, he kept his head up and didn’t let the pressure get to him. “I encourage everyone to focus on what you can control because I have learned that you really can do anything you set your mind to.”
Junior Robel Tedros used his time during distance learning to spend quality time with family and focus on physical and mental health. “What inspires me to keep moving forward is finding ways in which I can activate my own personal happiness.”
George Floyd’s killing triggered massive protests and renewed conversation about police brutality. Reporter Nat Jacobwith takes a look at the history and instances of police brutality by Minneapolis and St. Paul police.