I said what I meant and meant what I said, when the New York Times calls, I am 100 percent dead. But really though. As the flag saga comes to a feverish climax, the NYT wanted to know my thoughts about the final flag. If I'm honest, I am glad it's over. But my agenda from the start was BECAUSE these images are powerful I wanted to be involved in transforming the visual narrative of our state.
As a Native person, my thoughts on these images are controversial on a layer of the existing controversy. The flag story was one of the most talked about in 2023 according to MPR. Being wrapped up in it was the wildest ride but one I was glad to have a voice in. Our thoughts as Indigenous people are powerful and primary. We deserve to be not only at the table but hosting the table.
-Giizh Agaton Howes, Heart Berry Creator