Tadd Johnson

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Tadd M. Johnson joined the American Indian Studies Department in the fall of 2010. He is the Director of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) and Full Professor in the Department. 

Tadd is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bois Forte Band. Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for more than 20 years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian Law.  He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.  In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.  Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.  He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, has served on the Board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and is treasurer of the Native Governance Center and Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute.