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State Councils

Minnesota State Councils

The Minnesota legislature created councils to represent and advocate for Minnesota’s communities of colors, indigenous communities, women, and disability community. The councils include: 

  • Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans
  • Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs
  • Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
  • Minnesota State Council on Disability
  • 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.


Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans 

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans was created by the Minnesota legislature in 1985 (Minn. Stat. 3.9226). The Council'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 
Web site: 


Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs 

The primary mission of the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs 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. MCLA'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 MCLA 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
Web site: 


Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage 

Created by the Minnesota legislature in July 1980, the Council's primary purpose is to advise the governor and legislature on the nature and intensity of issues confronting Minnesotans of African Heritage. The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (formerly the Council on Black Minnesotans) is made up of 13 public members appointed by the governor. 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)
Web site:


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:
Contact information for the American Indian State Liaisons is available here:
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: 


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: Web site:

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