Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government relationships

Minnesota Tribal-State Relations Training

Professor Tadd Johnson
Prof. Tadd Johnson, Esq.

Primary Instructor: Tadd M. Johnson


Federal Indian Policy and the Legal Background between Tribes and States


Tadd M. Johnson is the University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. In this role, Tadd serves as the liaison between the entire University of Minnesota and regional Tribal Nations. He joined the UMD American Indian Studies Department in the fall of 2010, and is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department and is Full Professor.

An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for more than 30 years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal 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 his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College and has served on the Board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of the Native Governance Center; serves as Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute; and is on the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper
Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper

Training Facilitator: Joseph Bauerkemper


Joseph Bauerkemper currently serves as an Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth where his scholarship, outreach, and teaching emphasize governance, literature, and law. Before joining the UMD faculty he earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, enjoyed one year at the University of Illinois as a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, and enjoyed two years at UCLA as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. He has published peer-reviewed scholarship in numerous journals and books, served as a consultant on tribal governance, and facilitated public fora and training sessions for an array of participants.

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