Leech Lake Band Member Korina Barry has recently announced that she will be seeking the District 62B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Current incumbent, Susan Allen (Rosebud Sioux) decided last week she would not seek reelection in the 2018 election cycle.
Korina shared the following message in a press release sent out this weekend:
Boozhoo, mino-gigizheb. Korina Barry indizhinkaaz zhaaginaashimong. Waabaninoodikwe anishinaabemong. Makwa indoodem. Gaa-zaagaskwaajimekaag indoonjibaa.
Hello, good morning, my name is Korina Barry. My spirit name is East Wind Woman. I am bear clan and I am an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I am here today to announce my run for House Representative for District 62B. I grew up in south Minneapolis, and have resided in the Field neighborhood for 3 years. As an Anishinaabe woman who grew up in poverty, I have experienced a great deal of adversity in my life and have embraced many challenges, including overcoming obstacles to accessing a college education. Additionally, I come from a long line of strong and resilient women. My relatives have fought for survival; they continue to fight every day for their basic human rights and equal opportunity. I have watched and supported my mother through some of the most unthinkable and life-changing events. I want a better future for people, like my mother, and other fellow community members who are struggling, who feel like their voices are silenced and forgotten. I am dedicated to fighting for greater equity and access to opportunities to succeed for our most underrepresented communities.
As a woman of color, as an Anishinaabe woman, I believe I am the best candidate for this position. My lived experiences, both challenging and beautiful, have shaped who I am and what I am passionate about today. My campaign will be about advocating for policies that will make a difference for people experiencing the impact of inequities and harmful policies, and being their voice at the Legislature.