Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

Here you will find a selection of TSRT recommended resources to help discover how sovereign tribal governments intersect and work with local, state, and federal government agencies.
TSRT Government Resources (PDF)

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1854 Treaty Authority. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an inter-tribal natural resource management organization that protects and implements the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights for the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands in the lands ceded to the United States government under the Treaty of La Pointe, 1854.

1854 Treaty Authority

Podcast

Peter Deswood, Tachiinii. "21st Century Native Leaders podcast explores the dynamics of leadership among entrepreneurs, entertainers, politicians, and activists"

21st Century Native Leaders

Nonfiction Book

Vine DeLoria Jr., Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Clifford M. Lytle. "Explores the complexities of the present Indian situation, particularly with regard to legal and political rights. It is the first book to present an overview of federal Indian law in language readably accessible to the layperson (1983)."

American Indians, American Justice

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Association on American Indian Affairs. Non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity.

Association on American Indian Affairs

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The White House. "Progress report created by Obama administration based on recommendations from the seventh annual Tribal Nations Conference, outlining the Administration's work in Indian Country in 2015."

Building Prosperous & Resilient Tribal Nations

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U.S. Department of Interior. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Nonfiction Book

Vine DeLoria Jr., Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "In his new preface, the author observes, "The Indian world has changed so substantially since the first publication of this book that some things contained in it seem new again." Indeed, it seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria’s Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest (1969)."

Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

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U.S. Department of Transportation. Long-range transportation plan development process for Tribes' transportation needs.

Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Planning

Nonfiction Book

Keith Richotte, Jr.. "Federal Indian Law and Policy: An Introduction is designed to help students, instructors, and others without a legal background to learn and teach about the legal landscape that shapes Native America (2020)."

Federal Indian Law and Policy: An Introduction

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Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission. GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories.

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission

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Harvard University. The Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations through applied research and service.

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The role of the Office of Public and Indian Housing is to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing; create opportunities for residents' self-sufficiency and economic independence; and assure fiscal integrity by all program participants.

HUD Public and Indian Housing

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U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs. ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.

Indian Child Welfare Act

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Indian Health Services

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Indian Land Tenure Foundation. Serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation

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Indian Law Resource Center. The Center provides legal assistance to indigenous peoples of the Americas to combat racism and oppression, to protect their lands and environment, to protect their cultures and ways of life, to achieve sustainable economic development and genuine self-government, and to realize their other human rights.

Indian Law Resource Center

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Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona. The free Indigenous Governance Database (IGD) features online educational and informational resources on tribal self-governance and tribal policy reform.

Indigenous Governance Database

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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) is comprised of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and White Earth reservations, is a federally recognized tribal government that, through unified leadership, promotes and protects the member Bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

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Minnesota Gaming Association. MIGA serves as the collective voice of Minnesota tribes on vital issues affecting gaming.

Minnesota Indian Gaming Association

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National American Indian Housing Council. Tribal non-profit organization dedicated solely to improving housing conditions in Native American communities, advancing housing infrastructure development, and expanding economic and community development across Indian Country.

National American Indian Housing Council

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National Congress of American Indians. NCAI's mission is to protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights, to secure traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for descendants, to promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments, and to improve the equality of life for Native communities and peoples.

National Congress of American Indians

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National Indian Board of Health. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS).

National Indian Board of Health

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National Indian Gaming Association. The mission of NIGA is to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian Country.

National Indian Gaming Association

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Native American Rights Fund. "Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation."

Native American Rights Fund

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Native Governance Center. Native Governance Center is a Native American-led nonprofit organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our mission is to assist Tribal nations in strengthening their governance systems and capacity to exercise sovereignty through leadership development and Tribal governance support.

Native Governance Center

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University of Arizona. NNI assists in building capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives.

Native Nations Institute

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Indian Legal Program at AZ State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and National Congress of American Indians. "The Talking Stick seeks to educate the general public about tribal law and policy issues."

The Talking Stick

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Tribal Law and Policy Institute. A Native American operated non-profit dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive training, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of our vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute