Tribal Consultation Policy

A unique government-to-government relationship exists between the 11 federally recognized Minnesota Tribal Nations, the State of Minnesota and the federal government. 

During the Minnesota Legislature’s 2021 special session, the Laws of Minnesota, 1st Spec. Sess. chapter 14, article 11, section 5 regarding the government-to-government relationship with tribal governments, was codified into law in consultation with tribal governments and state agencies to ensure that government-to-government relationships are built on respect, understanding, and sovereignty that includes meaningful consultation. This codification of the government-to-government relationship follows the new legislation.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) takes our obligation to consult with Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations seriously. We are committed to implementing this comprehensive tribal nations consultation policy that will provide a framework to guide a relationship-centered, collaborative approach to our work and interactions.

MDE’s Tribal Consultation Policy guides meaningful and timely consultations that create a collaborative approach, identifies strong relationships founded on respect and understanding, and supports the increase in mutual understandings between MDE and Tribal Nations. MDE commits to consider input gathered from tribal leaders into agency decision-making processes, and specifically to find mutually beneficial solutions, when possible.