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."


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.

The Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibit continues to serve as an educational tool for schools, community organizations, and beyond. Throughout 2013, a team of community members and educators collaborated to develop educator guides to accompany the Why Treaties Matter exhibit content. These guides provide educators with background, student readings and activities, vocabulary lists, and suggested web and print resources.

Why Treaties Matter Educator Guides

Contact MIAC to schedule an event using the MIAC copy of the exhibit, please send an email to Melanie Franks at


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.