Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Tribes and Transportation

Strengthening Government-to-Government Relationships

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Lunch & Learn Sessions: Government-to-Government


Tribal State Relations Training - A Showcase of Tools and Resources Needed for Working with Indian Country (YouTube) August 2021

Institutionalizing Tribal Affairs within MnDOT (YouTube) May 2021

Effective Coordination vs Consultation with Tribes (YouTube) October 2020

Learning about Government and Lands (PowerPoint) October 2019

Indian Country: Learning about Government and Lands (YouTube) October 2019

Effective Coordination vs. Consultation with Tribal Nations (YouTube) August 2019

Land Types in MN (PowerPoint) July 2018

Native American Culture & Traditions (YouTube) April 2018

Glossary


  1. Allotment: Land that is restricted fee land or trust land that is owned by an individual Indian.
  2. Dependent Indian Communities: Dependent Indian communities are part of Indian country. A dependent Indian community is land that is not a reservation or allotment but that is federally supervised and set aside for the use of Indians. When deciding whether land is a dependent Indian community courts look at a number of factors including: whether the land is trust land, whether government agencies treat the area like Indian country for jurisdictional purposes, and whether the area is cohesive (e.g., there are common economic pursuits in the area, common interests, or common needs of the people who live there).
  3. Indian Country: Indian country includes more than just reservations. Here is a simplified version of the most commonly used definition of Indian country: reservations; allotments; and “dependent Indian communities” (i.e., land that is federally supervised and set aside for the use of Indians, this is usually found on trust land). You can find the complete – more nuanced – definition of Indian country at 18 U.S.C. §1151.
  4. Near: Projects that are "near" an Indian reservation are defined as those within a reasonable commuting distance from the reservation. MnDOT has determined that, at a minimum, all projects within a 60-mile radius of each reservation in Minnesota are near a reservation based on this definition of "near." There may also be projects beyond the 60-mile radius that are near a reservation based on this definition of "near." This will be determined on a case-by-case basis and in coordination or consultation with impacted tribes.
  5. Reservation: A reservation is land that is managed by tribes. The term “reservation” comes from tribes “reserving” land for themselves after larger portions of land were ceded (given) to the federal government through treaties. There are eleven federal reservations in Minnesota.