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Tribal Relations

American Indian Studies

Minnesota Tribal-State Relations Training

Minnesota is home to 11 sovereign tribal nations, which collectively represent the sixth largest employer in the state and the majority of the state’s 61,000 American Indians. Minnesota Tribal and State Relations Training prepares state agency employees with the knowledge and tools to consult with tribes on matters of mutual interest. Participants learn departmental expectations, executive orders as they change with each administration, and ways to promote state-tribal agreements.

The vision of the Tribal-State Advisory Group on American Indian Training and Consultation is a community that values and promotes knowledge, understanding and respect for American Indian Governance, history, and ways of life. The mission is to provide training and education for Minnesota state employees about American Indian tribal governments, histories, cultures, and traditions in order to empower state employees to work effectively with American Indians, and promote authentic and respectful relationships between state agencies and American Indian tribes.

Find out who the MN State Agency Liaisons are by visiting the MN Indian Affairs Council website

2019 Tribal-State Relations Training Schedule:

(Note, this training is for MN Agencies and Departments Only)

An updated wait list process is being developed.

  • October 7 & 8, 2019 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
    Reserved for Agency Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and Assistant Commissioners 
    Hosted by Prairie Island Indian Community
  • November 4 & 5, 2019 - Working Through Wait list (see below)
    Hosted by Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa at Black Bear Casino

A note about November's Training:

We are in the process of contacting those signed up on the Wait List to confirm availability to attend.

Check back later or contact your agency’s tribal liaison for more information.  

Thank you for your patience!

2020 Dates: Sign Up List Coming Soon!

  • January 6-7, 2020 - Grand Casino Mille Lacs - Hosted by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • February 3-4, 2020 - Mystic Lake Casino - Hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • March 9-10, 2020 - Shooting Star Casino - Hosted by White Earth Nation
  • April 21-22, 2020 - Prairie's Edge Casino - Hosted by the Upper Sioux Community
  • May 18-19, 2020 - Cedar Lakes Casino - Hosted by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • June 22-23, 2020 - Grand Portage Lodge - Hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
  • August 3-4, 2020 - TBD
  • September 14-15, 2020 - Fortune Bay Casino - Hosted by the Boise Forte Band of Chippewa
  • October 5-6, 2020 - Jackpot Junction - Hosted by the Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • November 2-3, 2020 - Treasure Island Casino - Hosted by the Prairie Island Indian Community

Tribal-State Relations Training has been approved for: 

  • 14 Professional Development Hours for the Department of Transportation

  • This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 7.5 hours in the following category or categories of credit:

(a) standard continuing legal education;

(b) ethics or professional responsibility continuing legal education; or

(c) elimination of bias continuing legal education.

  • 11 continuing education credits from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Please contact: for questions.