Sarah Wheelock Appointed to Minnesota Court of Appeals | New
Sarah Wheelock was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday. She will be the first Native American judge to sit on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Wheelock will fill the vacancy upon the retirement of the Honorable Carol A. Hooten.
This seat is designated for a resident of the Second Congressional District.
“It is an honor for me to appoint Sarah Wheelock to the Minnesota Court of Appeals,” Governor Tim Walz said. “During her tenure as legal counsel to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community and tribes across the country, Ms. Wheelock has repeatedly shown that she is a dedicated public servant committed to advancing the common good. She is well prepared to join the Court of Appeal.
“Sarah Wheelock is a brilliant legal mind with a deep understanding of the laws of the land,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. “Her life experience, her long-standing service to her community and her extensive legal experience provide her with a unique perspective that will be invaluable in her new position. I am delighted with his appointment.
“The Minnesota American Indian Bar Association celebrates Sarah Wheelock’s historic appointment to the Court of Appeals,” said Casey Matthiesen, president of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. “With this appointment, American Indians now serve at all levels of the state judiciary. Sarah Wheelock is an exceptional lawyer, and we are confident that she will serve on the bench with distinction. “
About Sarah Wheelock
Wheelock is legal counsel for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community in Prior Lake.
Previously, she 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. His experience includes litigation in tribal, federal and state courts, as well as economic development and financial work.
Wheelock is a member of the Meskwaki Nation (federally recognized as the Sac & Fox Tribe of Mississippi, Iowa).
She is a member and past vice-president of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, a member of the National Native American Bar Association, and a member of the Federal Bar Association.
She previously served on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.
Her community involvement includes serving as Director of the Board of Directors of the Division of Indian Work, Deputy Director of Twin Cities Native Lacrosse, and Chair of the American Indian Parent Action Committee for the Prior Lake-Savage School District.
Wheelock received his BA and JD from the University of Iowa.
For more information on the judicial selection process, please visit: https://mn.gov/governor/administration/judicialappointments/