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."



This training is in response to the Governor’s Executive Order 13-10 requiring state agencies to consult with tribes on matters of mutual interest. The two-day course is designed to educate state agency staff about American Indian tribal governments, histories, cultures and traditions and to help state employees to work more effectively with tribal governments and American Indians. Class curriculum offers interactive discussion and case examples.

Agency employees completing this course will gain an understanding of the:

*history of federal Indian policy

*unique relationship between tribal, state and federal governments

*differences (geographical and historic) among the Minnesota Tribes

*issues which the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota Tribes may differ on way in which differences can be resolved through understanding, mediation, agreements and partnerships.

Questions? Please contact your Agency’s Tribal Liaison/designated point of contact for the Minnesota Tribal Nations or email the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Continuing Education


We have always been sovereign nations…

Today, treaties continue to affirm the inherent sovereignty of American Indian nations. Tribal governments maintain nation-to-nation relationships with the United States government.Tribal nations manage lands, resources, and economies, protect people, and build more secure futures for generations to come.

That is Why Treaties Matter.

Visit the Treaties Matter website for more information and to see the 2014-2016 exhibit tour schedule through MnSCU and the Blandin Foundation area.

Why Treaties Matter Website:

Contact MIAC to schedule an event using the exhibit:


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.