Minnesota State Councils

Information On the Minnesota State Councils

state sealThe Minnesota state councils were created by the legislature to represent and advocate for Minnesota's communities of color, women, and disability communities. The councils include: Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Council on Black Minnesotans, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and Minnesota State Council on Disability and the Office on the Economic Status of Women. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights works with the councils on issues related to diversity and inclusion and encourages collaboration between the councils and other department stakeholders.

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The departments of Human Rights and Education in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center, North Central Comprehensive Center @ McREL, and Somali American Parent Association convened the first State Councils Retreat in April 2012 to provide an opportunity to share success stories and create a public agenda to address the needs of Minnesota's underserved K-12 students. A report from this retreat is available here (PDF, 2.93 mb).

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Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM)

The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans was created by the Minnesota legislature in 1985 (Minn. Stat. 3.9226). CAPM's three primary objectives are to: advise the governor and members of the legislature on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; advocate on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific community, and; act as a broker between the Asian Pacific community and mainstream society.

Council Contact Information

Address: Centennial Building, 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651.757.1740
Fax: 651.297.8735
Email: capm@state.mn.us
Web site: http://www.capm.state.mn.us/
Blog: http://capmn.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/capm_news
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/capmfans

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Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC)

The Chicano Latino Affairs Council was created by the legislature in 1978 (Minn. Stat. 3.9223). The primary mission of CLAC is to advise the governor and the state legislature on issues of importance to Minnesota's Chicano Latino community such as education, economic development, immigration, housing and health.

CLAC's mission includes the engagement of the Latino community through public service, which has become increasingly crucial due to the rapid growth of Minnesota's Latino population in recent years. Minnesota Statutes require CLAC to educate legislators, agency directors, the media, and the general public about the accomplishments and contributions of Latinos and raise general awareness about the problems and issues faced by this community.

Council Contact Information

Address: 60 Empire Drive, Ste 203 Saint Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651.296.9587 / Toll Free 1.888.234.1291
Fax: 651.297.1297
Email: clac.desk@state.mn.us
Web site: http://www.clac.state.mn.us/

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Council on Black Minnesotans (COB)

The State Council on Black Minnesotans was created by the Minnesota legislature in July 1980 (Minn. Stat. 3.9225). Its primary purpose is to advise the governor and legislature on the nature and intensity of issues confronting the state's Black populations.

The council is made up of 13 public members appointed by the governor with the understanding that they must be broadly representative of Minnesota's Black communities. Four ex-officio legislative representatives are also members of the council and participate in setting the agenda and priorities of the agency.

Council Contact Information

Address: 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E1240 St. Paul MN 55101
Phone: 651-757-1751 (Direct)
Email: edward.mcdonald@state.mn.us
Web site: http://mn.gov/cobm/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cobmcommunity
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/COBMCommunity

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Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council was established in 1963 (Minn. Stat. 3.922) to serve as 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 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.

Council Contact Information

Contact information for MIAC staff is available here: http://www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us/aboutus_staff.html

Contact information for the American Indian State Liaisons is available here: http://www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us/resources_directory.html

Saint Paul Office: 161 Saint Anthony Ave, Suite 919, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Bemidji Office: 113 2nd Street NW, Suite 110A, Bemidji, MN 56601
Web site: http://www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us/

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Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)

Established in 1973 by the legislature (Minn. Stat. 256.482), the Minnesota State Council on Disability was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. The mission of MSCOD is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.

Council Contact Information

Address: 121 E. 7th Place, Suite 107 St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 1.800.945.8913 (V/TTY) 651.361.7800 (V/TTY)
Fax: 651.296.5935
Email: council.disability@state.mn.us
Web site: http://www.disability.state.mn.us/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MSCOD
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-State-Council-on-Disability/169894186440