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 87 district courts. 

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 - location TBD
  • October 9, 2020: hosted by tribal court - location TBD
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:
 
  • August 1, 2019 – Burnsville;
  • August 30, 2019 – Willmar;
  • November 8, 2019 – Anoka; and
  • November 22, 2019 – Redwood Falls.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has upcoming trainings:
  National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is holding their 2019 Annual Conference at Mystic Lake October 15-18, 2019. More information is available here: www.naicja.org/NAICJA-Conference.  

Film Screening: Tribal Justice. Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library. In "Tribal Justice," two Native American judges apply indigenous concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anne Makepeace and Judges Abby Abinanti and Claudette White. See the Hennepin County Library website for more information.
Rebecca Vanden Hanen
Staff Attorney
State Court Administrator’s Office
(651) 282-3968
Rebecca.Vandenhanen@courts.state.mn.us