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."

Notice of Contract Opportunity

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) receives collections of American Indian human remains, associated funerary goods, archaeological materials and records in accordance with federal and state laws. The Minnesota Legislature has given MIAC a onetime appropriation to help Indian Affairs Council develop an osteology laboratory and repository. The Indian Affairs Council requests proposals to help create an osteology laboratory and repository to fulfill its responsibilities under both MN Statute 307.08 and Public Law 101-601 the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

    For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Cerda, Cultural Resources Specialist for MIAC at or (651) 276-2797.
  • Oestology RFP Word Version
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  • State Register Notice

    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.

    Why Treaties Matter Website:

    Contact MIAC to schedule an event using the MIAC copy of 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.