Indian Affairs - State of Minnesota


About Us

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) was established in 1963 MN Statutes Chapter 888, Sec. 2 (3:922). MIAC is the official liaison between the State of Minnesota and the 11 tribal Governments within the state. The Council provides a forum for and advises state government on issues of concern to urban Indian communities. The Council administers three programs designed to enhance economic opportunities and protect cultural resources for the state's American Indian constituencies.
The primary duties of the council are to:

(1) analyze and make recommendations to tribal elected leaders and to members of the legislature and the governor on legislation and information on programs, proposals, and projects of importance to tribal governments and nontribal Indian organizations;

(2) assist in establishing Indian advisory councils in cooperation with state agencies that deliver services to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and the urban Indian communities;

(3) assist state agencies in defining what groups, organizations, committees, councils, or individuals are eligible for delivery of their respective services;

(4) assist in ensuring the provision of resources and the delivery of services to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and the urban Indian communities;

(5) recommend to tribal governments and the state government the means to enhance the delivery of services to the members of federally recognized tribes in Minnesota by local, state, and national units of government;

(6) assist state agencies in implementing and updating studies of services delivered to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and urban Indian communities;

(7) provide, for the benefit of all levels of state government, a continuing liaison between state governmental bodies and elected tribal leaders;

(8) interact with private organizations involved with Indian people that develop and implement programs to assist Indian people, when such programs may affect state agencies and departments;

(9) develop educational programs, community organization programs, leadership development programs, motivational programs, and business development programs for Indian persons who have been, are, or may be subject to prejudice and discrimination;

(10) review data provided by the commissioner of human services under section 260C.215 WELFARE OF CHILDREN, subdivision 5, and present recommendations to elected tribal leaders on the out-of-home placement of Indian children; and

(11) prepare a proposed agenda for the annual summit of elected tribal leaders, legislative leaders, and the governor.

The MIAC plays a central role in the development of state legislation. They monitor programs that affect the state's American Indian population and tribal governments. Minnesota was the first state in the nation to establish an Indian Affairs agency and provided a model for other states to follow. The Indian Affairs Board is made up of the 11 Tribal Chairs or their designees, a member of the Governor's official staff, the Commissioner of Education, Human Services, Natural Resources, Human Rights, Employment and Economic Development, Corrections, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Iron Range resource and rehabilitations, Health, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Administration, or their designees.

The Indian Affairs Council's vision is to strive for the social, economic and political justice for all American Indian people living in the State of Minnesota, while embracing our traditional cultural and spiritual values.


The mission of the Indian Affairs Council is to protect the sovereignty of the 11 Minnesota Tribes and ensure the well-being of American Indian citizens throughout the State of Minnesota.

Urban Indian Advisory Board

The Urban Indian Advisory Board (UIAB) is appointed by the MIAC Board of Directors and is an active subcommittee of the Indian Affairs Council. The purpose of the UIAB is to advise the Board on the unique problems and concerns of Minnesota Indians who reside in urban areas within the state. Per Minnesota Statute 260C.215, subdivision 8, the composition of the UIAB shall be six Indians enrolled in Minnesota-based tribes and at least one member shall reside in the vicinity of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bemidji and Duluth. The UIAB meets every other month quarterly in various urban areas.