Indian Affairs - State of Minnesota
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Established in 1963, the Indian Affairs Council is the oldest council in the nation and serves as a liaison of the Indian tribes and the state of Minnesota. The Indian Affairs Council Offices, located in St. Paul and Bemidji, Minnesota, carry out the mission of the Indian Affairs Council, which is "to protect the sovereignty of the eleven Minnesota tribes and ensure the well being of all American Indian citizens throughout the state of Minnesota."

RFP Release for Dakota and Ojibwe Language Grant Opportunity - Application Deadline September 14, 2016

Please forward this opportunity to anyone in Minnesota who may be interested in applying for funding. If you have questions about the arts and cultural heritage fund or the new programs, please don't hesitate to contact Shannon Geshick at, or call 651.249-0160.

According to the language set forth in the State Legislature’s Laws of 2015, with this RFP an applicant may request funding for, “Competitive Grants for Language Immersion." The funding amount available is between $40,000 and $48,000, which may be used for Dakota and/or Ojibwe Language Revitalization programming with the option of using funding for a community event/s or language application. This is a nine month grant with no allowable extensions. Please see RFP for details.

The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant program, which funds Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization in Minnesota is underwritten by an appropriation from the state legislature from Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage fund. The eligible project areas are intentionally broad and somewhat flexible, so that a diverse array of projects can be funded. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaskan Native Community located in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits are encouraged to apply.


Know your tribal nations

There are 11 tribal nations in Minnesota and we've got a lot of the information you need to know about them. View our tribal nations page to find more information about them.