Tribal Court State Court Forum

The Tribal Court State Court Forum (TCSCF) is comprised of tribal court judges from Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized tribes and state court judges from Minnesota’s 10 judicial district courts, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court. 

The purpose of the TCSCF is to enhance tribal court and state court relationships, provide an opportunity to address issues arising from the courts’ concurrent jurisdictions, collaborate on development and delivery of judicial education and training, recommend revisions to Minnesota’s procedural rules of court, and work on issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries. 

The first TCSCF meeting was held at Prairie Island Indian Community on July 18, 1997.  Although its membership has changed over the years, the Forum has gathered quarterly for most of the past 20 years alternating between tribal court and state court venues.


Printable in-depth history of the TCSCF

Below are some photos from the June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts. 

June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts.

June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts.

June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts.

June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts.

June 25, 2019 ceremony where four Dakota Communities gave tribal flags to Hennepin and Scott County District Courts.

January 22, 2016: hosted by state court - 4th Judicial District April 22, 2016: Meeting cancelled

July 15, 2016: hosted by Leech Lake Tribal Court October 21, 2016: Meeting cancelled

December 1, 2016: Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting January 27, 2017: hosted by Prairie Island Indian Community April 28, 2017: Meeting cancelled

July 28, 2017: Meeting cancelled

October 27, 2017: Meeting rescheduled to November

November 30, 2017: hosted by Mille Lacs Tribal Court December 7, 2017: Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting February 23, 2018: hosted by state court - 10th Judicial District June 29, 2018: hosted by Grand Portage Tribal Court

October 26, 2018: hosted by state court

December 6, 2018: Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting April 26, 2019: hosted by Tribal Court of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community July 26, 2019: hosted by state court - 7th Judicial District September 13, 2019: hosted by Red Lake Nation Tribal Court December 5, 2019: Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting March 6, 2020: hosted by Upper Sioux Community July 24, 2020: hosted by state court - 6th Judicial District October 9, 2020: hosted by Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Court December 2020: Meeting cancelled

March 19, 2021: hosted by state court - 5th Judicial District July 16, 2021 October 8, 2021

December 2021: Meeting cancelled

March 11, 2022: hosted by tribal court 

June 3, 2022: hosted by state court 

September 16, 2022: hosted by tribal court 

December 2022 (exact date TBD): Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting
 

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has upcoming training open for registration.
  The REDress Project: October 23, 2021 through November 14, 2021. Virtual Artist Talk: November 10, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please register here to receive more information and a link to the event. 

St. Catherine University welcomes The REDress Project, an outdoor exhibition created by Métis artist Jaime Black. The installation consists of red dresses suspended in a public space to mark the absence and evoke the presence of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered. Sponsored and presented by the Integrated Learning Series, and organized in collaboration with The O'Shaughnessy, this exhibition will take place on the campus quad, and marks the beginning of the next two-year series theme: Indigenous Thought Leadership. 

Blood Memory Film Screening and Discussion: The Second Judicial District Equal Justice Committee, in conjunction with Twin Cities Public Television, the Ain Dah Yung Center, and First Nations Repatriation Institute, is hosting a panel discussion of the documentary Blood Memory on November 3, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The documentary features the experience of Sandy White Hawk, a Sicangu Lakota, who was removed from her family and placed with white missionaries more than 400 miles from her reservation when she was 18 months old.  

The film will be available online from October 29, 2021 through November 3, 2021. The panel will include Ms. White Hawk, William Thorne, former Utah Court of Appeals judge, state district court judge, and tribal court judge, and Dr. Priscilla Day, Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Please join for an engaging and instructive experience. The event is free, but registration is required.  

2021 CJI ICWA Courts Summit: Friday, November 19, 2021 (Hybrid event: in-person with option for remote participation via Zoom)

The Summit is an annual gathering of each of Minnesota's seven multidisciplinary ICWA Court Teams, as well as state and national ICWA experts. It is designed to enhance understanding and achieve full implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA) in each of the seven ICWA Court jurisdictions and in juvenile courts across the state. The goal is to improve court and stakeholder practices to achieve better outcomes for American Indian children and families. 

This is an invitation-only event. Please contact the CJI if you have questions regarding the Summit agenda or purpose.  

State Court, through the Children's Justice Initiative (CJI), is putting on the following Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) trainings for all child protection stakeholders in the area:
 
  • Minneapolis - date TBD (temporarily postponed due to COVID-19);
  • St. Paul - date TBD (temporarily postponed due to COVID-19);
  • Duluth - date TBD (temporarily postponed due to COVID-19); and
  • Bemidji - date TBD (temporarily postponed due to COVID-19).
To request virtual, targeted ICWA training in your area while in-person trainings are temporarily postponed due to COVID-19, please contact the CJI.   
 

Contact Us:

Tribal Court State Court Forum
State Court Administrator's Office
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-5300
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