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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.

2020 Tribal-State Relations Training Schedule and Registration details

This training is for MN State Agencies and Departments only. Registration is by invitation. If you are a state employee interested in attending please request an invite through your Tribal Liaison.

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

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

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 4.25 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.

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