Tribal Nations in Minnesota
There are 11 federally recognized Indian tribal governments in Minnesota. Each tribe is a separate sovereign nation with its own government - unique unto itself and distinct from all other federally recognized tribes.
Each tribe has an independent relationship with the United States and the State of Minnesota. Minnesota recognizes the unique sovereign status of each of the 11 federally recognized tribes and the cultural values of all American Indian tribes in Minnesota, and is committed to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with the tribes.
We encourage you to visit the official websites to learn more about each Tribal Nation.
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
"The men of the dense forest"
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Where the water stops
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
"The great carrying place"
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Lower Sioux Indian Community
"Where they mark the trees red"
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
"The lake that spreads all over"
Prairie Island Indian Community
Red Lake Nation
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
"Dwellers of the Spirit Lake"
Upper Sioux Community
"When they dig for yellow medicine."
White Earth Nation
"The place with abundance of white clay."