Tribal-State Relations Training

Developing government-to-government relationships

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.


  • Leech Lake
  • Mille Lacs
  • White Earth
  • Mille Lacs
  • Fond du Lac
  • Mille Lacs
  • Bois Forte
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton
  • Lower Sioux
  • Red Lake
  • Prairie Island
  • Upper Sioux
  • Grand Portage

Tribes in Minnesota

  • Bois Forte
  • Fond du Lac
  • Grand Portage
  • Leech Lake
  • Lower Sioux
  • Mille Lacs
  • Prairie Island
  • Red Lake
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton
  • Upper Sioux
  • White Earth