Tribal-State Relations Training

Tribal-State: Government-to-Government Relationships

Registration for summer 2023 is now open.

Tribal-State Relations Training class

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

  • Eleven classes will be delivered in-person and hosted by Tribal Governments at various locations around the state.
  • Two-day class cost is $350 (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 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)
  4. 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 email to the TSRT Planning Team

Tribal-State Relations Training eLearning

TSRT key concepts and terms

This is the first course in the Tribal State Relations Training eLearning series. This course will equip you to do the following:

  • 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.
  • Make use of key terms central to tribal-state relations.

Tribal-State Relations Training Federal Indian Policy

This is the next course in the TSRT eLearning series. This course will enable you to do the following:

  • 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 (PDF)

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.

Registration closed: Class is full.

Tribal-State Relations Training virtual class

This five-session class is held entirely on zoom and attendance at all sessions is required to obtain a certificate of completion. The class is limited to 150 seats and is expected to fill quickly. Follow your agency’s training registration process for approvals and funding.

If you have any questions, please send an email to the TSRT Planning Team.