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."

RFP Release for Dakota and Ojibwe Language Grant Opportunity - Application Deadline July 30, 2014

Please forward this opportunity to anyone in Minnesota who may be interested in applying for funding. If you have questions about the arts and cultural heritage fund or the new programs, please don't hesitate to contact Melanie Plucinski at, or call (651)231-9248.

According to the language set forth in the State Legislature's Laws of 2013, with this RFP an applicant may request funding for, "Revitalization Grants for Language Immersion." The funding amount available is $30,000, which may by used for Dakota and/or Ojibwe Language Revitalization programming with the option of using funding for a Dakota and/or Ojibwe language community event. Please see RFP for details.

The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant program, which funds Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization in Minnesota is underwritten by an appropriation from the state legislature from Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage fund. The eligible project areas are intentionally broad and somewhat flexible, so that a diverse array of projects can be funded. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaskan Native Community located in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits are encouraged to apply.

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.