Tribal-State Relations Training

Developing government-to-government relationships

Government-to-Government Tribal-State Relations Training

Joanna Dornfeld, chief of staff, Office of Governor Mark Dayton presents the proclamation to Linda Aitken, training manager, MnDOT’s Tribal- State Relations Training program, while Roxanne Richards, director, Continuing Education Program, UMD Center for Economic Development, University of Minnesota/Duluth Department of American Indian Studies and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. Photo by Dave Gonzalez.

Joanna Dornfeld, chief of staff, Office of Governor Mark Dayton presents the proclamation to Linda Aitken, training manager, MnDOT’s Tribal- State Relations Training program, while Roxanne Richards, director, Continuing Education Program, UMD Center for Economic Development, University of Minnesota/Duluth Department of American Indian Studies and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. Photo by Dave Gonzalez.

To honor an award-winning program, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Monday, Jan. 8 as Tribal State Relations Training Program Day.

More than 2,000 state agency employees have taken the training since its inception in January 2012.

Participants in the expertly-led training learn about American Indian Tribal governments, histories, cultures and ways of life in this unique government-to-government training program.

Training at a glance

Upcoming training

  • April 16-17 training POSTPONED due to inclement weather.
    Everyone who registered for this training will be notified by email after May 2 with details about rescheduling.
  • Registration opening soon! August 13-14, 2018
    Fortune Bay Resort Casino
    1430 Bois Forte Rd.
    Tower, MN 55790

    • Hosted by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
    • This course is designed to educate state agency staff about American Indian tribal governments, histories, cultures and traditions and to help state employees to work more effectively with tribal governments and American Indians. Class curriculum offers interactive discussion and case examples.

Indian tribal governments

Eleven Indian tribal governments are federally recognized in Minnesota. Each tribe is a separate sovereign nation — unique unto itself and distinct from all other federally recognized tribes.

Each tribe has an independent relationship with the United States and the State of Minnesota. MnDOT recognizes the unique sovereign status of federally recognized tribes and the cultural values of all American Indian tribes in Minnesota, and is committed to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with the tribes.