Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

Tribal-State Relations Training


Photo of ceremonial signing of Executive Order 19-24

April 2019 ceremonial signing of Executive Order 19-24 hosted by Lower Sioux Indian Community attended by Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Chairman Darrel G. Seki, Chairman Faron Jackson, Chairman Charlie Vig, President Robert L. Larsen, Chairwoman Cathy Chavers, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin, Chairwoman Janice Marie Spry, President Shelley Buck, Chairman Eugene Tibbetts, and other tribal officials from the 11 Tribal Nations in Minnesota. Photo by Melanie Franks.

On April 4th, 2019 Governor Walz signed Executive Order 19-24, affirming the government-to-government relationship between the State of Minnesota and the eleven tribes located in Minnesota. The order applies to all state agencies and was made in consultation with both agencies and tribal governments as it was written.

The order mandates tribal-relations training for all state leaders and other employees whose work may impact tribes:  "The State has instituted Tribal State Relations Training ("TSRT") which will be the foundation and basis of all other tribal relations training sources. All agencies must direct certain staff to complete training to foster a collaborative relationship between the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Tribal Nations. In addition to all Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and Assistant Commissioners, all agency employees whose work is likely to impact Minnesota Tribal Nations will attend TSRT training. Tribal Liaisons will actively support and participate in the TSRT" (MN Exec. Order No. 19-24, Sec 8).

Tribal-State Relations Training at a glance

2016 State Government Innovation Awards - TSRT