These questions are gathered from previous TRST class participants. This list of Frequently Asked Questions will serve as a starting point as you begin your journey and seek more information.
Tribal-State Relations Training (TSRT) Class Training
Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, and all agency employees whose work is likely to impact Minnesota Tribal Nations (EO 19-24).
TSRT is open to all state employees. Space is extremely limited. Each agency determines which of their employees shall attend. Please inquire with your supervisor.
TSRT rotates to different tribal lands each session. If your work aligns with a certain tribe it could be advantageous to attend the training that tribe hosts because their tribal leaders, staff, and members will be present and participating. Although our core instruction is the same for each class, each training is unique to its experience of sharing from tribal leaders, employees, and community members.
Connect with your agency’s tribal liaison. Read your agency’s consultation policy. Search the ELM system for TSRT eLearning courses. Connect with colleagues who have attended TSRT. Check out our resource list.
TSRT is an immersive experience. You will observe tribal culture and traditions, learn about 500 years of legal history between the US and tribal nations, including a brief history of Indian Boarding Schools. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of tribal leaders, host tribe staff members, tribal community members, and agency tribal liaisons panelists on a wide range of topics from culture to government structure, work, programs, and relationships with the state.
Participants come from nearly 30 different agencies, some in leadership positions and others in support roles—and their work with tribes varies greatly. For this reason, TSRT is not tailored to specific jobs or agencies and should be considered a baseline training. After TSRT, you can gain more specifics for your work by connecting with your tribal liaison, your supervisor, and coworkers who have attended the training to help you apply your new knowledge and to make valuable new connections with the tribes.
All TSRT registrations are on hold due to COVID restrictions at this time.
Registration is by invitation only. Please reach out to your agency’s TSRT registration contact person to request an invite. If approved to attend, the TSRT team will send you the invitation to register 12 weeks before the training. It is your responsibility to ensure that a purchase order has been sent to TSRT for payment six weeks before the training. Registrations can also be processed with a credit card by requesting a unique link from TSRT. If we do not have payment by purchase order or credit card six weeks before the start of training you will lose your seat.