Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

TSRT Class

We are pleased to announce new opportunities for attending Tribal-State Relations Training in-person.

  • 8 classes will be delivered in-person and hosted by Tribal Governments at various locations around the state.
  • 2-day class cost is $377 (Meals and materials included. Does not include transportation or lodging expenses - see the training announcement for hotel information).

Under the Laws of Minnesota 2021, 1st Spec. Sess. chapter 14, article 11, section 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.

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.

Registration Procedure

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

  1. Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will close when the class is full or on the *registration closing date - whichever comes first.
  2. Follow your agency's training registration process. Supervisory approval may be needed.
  3. Payment must be received by UMD by either credit card or purchase order in order to register for the training (an EIOR for cost is required for funding)
    If paying by credit card, register with the appropriate training link:
    If paying by Purchase Order,the PO must include the participant name(s) AND an email address for invoice contact.

A confirmation email will then be sent from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) that could be in your spam folder and a reminder email will be sent a week prior to class. If you have any questions, please send an email to the TSRT Planning Team

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: Working with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

TSRT: Working with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa eLearning announcement

This 45 minute course introduces you to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and features Grand Portage elected tribal leaders, employees and members who explain protocols and offer guidance on what you need to know when working with their government and staff.

TSRT Virtual Class

Virtual TSRT class winter 2023 (January to March). The series consists of 5 sessions held entirely on zoom. Registration will open in mid-October 2022.

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