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
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
(4) assist in ensuring the provision of resources and the delivery of
services to the federally recognized tribes in Minnesota and the urban
(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
(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
An advisory board on urban Indians shall advise the MIAC council on the unique problems and concerns of Minnesota Indians who reside in urban areas of the state. The UIAB must be appointed by the council at the direction of the elected tribal leadership and consist of six Indians residing in the vicinity of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bemidji, and Duluth. At least one member of the board must be a resident of each city.