Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

TSRT Virtual Class Fall 2021


5-session series beginning Oct. 2021

Under the Laws of Minnesota, 1st Spec. Sess. chapter 14, article 11, sec. 5 subd. 3J: Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and Assistant Commissioners, along with employees whose work will likely impact the 11 tribal nations in Minnesota are required to attend the Tribal-State Relations Training.

The TSRT class has been modified for safe learning during COVID-19 restrictions!

Presenters include tribal leaders, staff & community members, MN tribal liaisons, and Professor Tadd Johnson, Esq.. Sessions are facilitated by Associate Professor Joseph Bauerkemper of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


For More Information


If you are a state employee interested in attending, please contact your agency's tribal liaison or training representative.

All Zoom sessions and assigned eLearning courses are required to obtain a certificate of completion. If you are unable to attend a session due to extenuating circumstances, please contact us immediately.

TSRT Fall 2021 virtual class - Preliminary Agenda (PDF)

TSRT Fall 2021 virtual class training announcement (PDF)


TSRT eLearning


TSRT Key Concepts and Terms

TSRT Key Concepts and Terms eLearning announcement

    This is the first course in the Tribal State Relations Training eLearning series. This course will equip you to:
  • identify the American Indian nations of Minnesota and recognize their significant impacts and contributions;
  • understand the policy mandates forming the present-day basis of tribal-state relations;
  • and make use of key terms central to tribal-state relations.

TSRT Federal Indian Policy

TSRT Federal Indian Policy eLearning announcement

    This is the next course in the TSRT eLearning series. This course will enable you to:
  • enhance your understanding of American Indian tribal sovereignty,
  • differentiate major historical eras of federal policy regarding American Indian nations,
  • consider the ongoing impacts of past and present policy on tribal-state relations.

TSRT Introduction to Indian Country

    This course provides the background information about jurisdiction in Indian Country, legal terms and definitions for land ownership, and covers some of the basics of tribal sovereignty, tribal governments, and tribal membership.

TSRT Class

COVID-19 has restricted our onsite trainings. We hope to resume in-person TSRT training sessions fall 2021!

Bookmark this page for the schedule of classes. If you would like to receive an email when the TSRT class sessions resume, please send an email with the subject line "TSRT class schedule notification" to Melanie Franks

Questions related to the TSRT class training can be found here, Frequently Asked Questions