Tribal-State Relations Training

Developing government-to-government relationships

Minnesota tribal-state relations training

Professor Tadd Johnson
Prof. Tad Johnson

Prof. Tadd Johnson

Professor Tadd Johnson is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He is an attorney and a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he is Head of the American Indian Studies Department.

Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for over twenty years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and federal American Indian law.

He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, has served on the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and is co-producer and co-host of the PBS program Native Report.

Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper
Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper

Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper

Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper's scholarship, outreach, and teaching emphasize politics, literature, governance, and law.

Before joining the UMD faculty, he earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, enjoyed one year at the University of Illinois as a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, and enjoyed two years at UCLA with concurrent appointments as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the program for the study of Cultures in Transnational Perspective and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English.

Joseph grew up in Austin, Texas and lives in Duluth with his wife Kristen, daughter Eliza, and son Thomas.