Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

List of materials

Here you will find the list of materials recommended during the Tribal-State Relations Training (TSRT) 2 day Instructor-led classroom training.
TSRT Class Resources (PDF)

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A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness

Originally developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in collaboration with communities and representatives from federal agencies. This guide enhances cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities (2009).

American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card

Nonfiction Book

David E. Wilkins, Lumbee Tribe and Heidi Stark, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe present an abundantly readable overview of how tribes function in relation to the U.S. federalist system of state governments and the federal government (2002).

American Indian Politics and the American Political System

Research Book

"A cooperative project by legislative analysts in the Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives. This guidebook discusses major issues involved in the relationship between Indian tribes, American Indians, and state government, including criminal and civil jurisdiction,employment, control of natural resources, gaming and liquor regulation, taxation, health and human services, child welfare, education, and civic engagement (Feb 2020)."

American Indians, Indian Tribes, and State Government


"The Carlisle Indian Industrial School is a major site of memory for many Native peoples, and a source of study for students and scholars around the globe. This website represents an effort to aid the research process by bringing together, in digital format, a variety of physically preserved resources in various locations around the country. Through these resources, we seek to increase knowledge and understanding of the school and its complex legacy while also facilitating efforts to tell the stories of the many thousands of students who were sent there."

Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

Nonfiction Book

Felix S. Cohen. This book is for those wishing to take a deeper dive into relevant law and policy. Originally crafted by Felix Cohen, this is routinely updated by some of the brightest minds in federal Indian law. "Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law is the modern comprehensive guide to federal Indian law, evolved from the historical compilations of Felix Cohen (1942)."

Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law

Nonfiction Book

The National Museum of the American Indian offers a question and answer style book about Indians. "How much do you really know about totem poles, tipis, and Tonto? There are hundreds of Native tribes in the Americas, and there may be thousands of misconceptions about Native customs, culture, and history. In this illustrated guide, experts from Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian debunk common myths and answer frequently asked questions about Native Americans past and present (2018)."

Do All Indians Live in Tipis

Nonfiction Book

Anton Treuer, provides a casual and illuminating exploration and explanation of frequently asked questions about tribes and Native Americans. "What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answers—or suspect that your questions may be offensive? In matter-of-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what’s up with Indians, anyway (2012)."

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians, But Were Afraid to Ask


A 2005 TNT Drama. "Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans."

Into the West

Nonfiction Book

Justin Blake Richland and Sarah Deer, Muscogee (Creek) Nation. "How tribes function with an emphasis on the duties, functions, and operations of tribal governments (2015)."

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies


"Established in 1963, the MIAC's mission is to protect the sovereignty of the eleven Minnesota tribes and ensure the well-being of all American Indian citizens throughout the state of Minnesota."

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)

Nonfiction Book

Stephan L. Pevar. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible explanation of the major political and legal factors involved in Indian Affairs. "The Rights of Indians and Tribes, first published in 1983, has sold over 100,000 copies and is the most popular resource in the field of federal Indian Law. The book, which explains this complex subject in a clear and easy-to-understand way, is particularly useful way for tribal advocates, government officials, students, practitioners of Indian Law, and the general public. Numerous tribal leaders highly recommend this book... (2012)."

The Rights of Indians and Tribes


"An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader. A 1999 small town murder. Two crimes collide in a Supreme Court case that will decide the fate of one man and nearly half of the land in Oklahoma. Hosted by Rebecca Nagle, Oklahoma journalist and citizen of Cherokee Nation, This Land traces how a cut and dry homicide opened up an investigation into the treaty rights of five Native American tribes. Tune in to Crooked Media's 8-episode series to find out how this unique case resulted in the largest restoration of tribal land in U.S. history."

This Land


"A 2006 Tanana Chiefs Conference and Signature Media Production LLC production. "This documentary is a beautifully illustrated introductory history of how federal Indian law has developed in the United States, from the arrival of Columbus through the current era of tribal self-determination. It is an excellent educational tool on basic federal Indian law for tribes, those who work with tribes, judges, attorneys, agencies, grades 11 through college, and the general public."

Tribal Nations: The Story of Federal Indian Law


A partnership between the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. This traveling exhibit and website explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous people of Minnesota, and why treaties still matter today. "We have always been sovereign nations…Today, treaties continue to affirm the inherent sovereignty of American Indian nations. Tribal governments maintain nation-to-nation relationships with the United States government. Tribal nations manage lands, resources, and economies, protect people, and build more secure futures for generations to come."

Why Treaties Matter