Indian Affairs - State of Minnesota

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."

Summit on The Crisis of Indian Children in Minnesota
  • Thursday September 25th, 2014 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower MN
    • 30,000 American Indian Children in the State of MN below the age of 18
    • 2,000 of these children go into of home care (thats 1 in 15!)
    • 14,000 children in State are in out of home care
    • This means 1 in 7 kids in State out of home care are American Indian
    • 53% of American Indian children in State are living below poverty
    • 265 American Indian babies since 2009 were born addicted ot heroin & other opiodids

    For more general information on the Summit please contact Melanie Franks at (218) 205-4752 or

    Tribal-State Relations Training:

    This course will explore the relationship between Indian tribes in Minnesota and the state government. It will first provide a brief history of federal Indian policy from colonization through the present day with a focus on tribal-state relations. Second, it will provide the legal backgroud (regulatory, civil and criminal) between tribes and states generally and Minnesota tribes specifically. Third, it will provide a brief history of the eleven Minnesota tribes and Minnesota traties and statutes. Fourth, it will provide and overview of issues in which tribal and state jurisdiction may conflict. Fifth, it will provide new methods for resolving conflucts and the future of tribal-state agreements. (UMD Course Description)

      State employees should enroll following their agencies internal training registration procedures.
      Register online or by phone through the University of Minnesota Duluth Continuing Education.
      Questions? Please contact your agency Tribal Liaison/designated point of contact for the Minnesota Tribal Nations or email
    Click the Upcoming Events link for dates.

    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.