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

  • January 2016:  Agenda and Meeting Summary
  • April 2016: Meeting canceled
  • July 2016: Agenda and Meeting Summary
  • October 2016: Meeting canceled
  • December 2016:  Agenda and Meeting Summary
  • January 2017:  Agenda and Meeting Summary
  • April 2017:  Meeting canceled
  • July 2017:  Meeting canceled
  • October 27, 2017:  Meeting rescheduled to November
  • November 30, 2017:  Tribal Court Host - Mille Lacs Tribal Court
  • December 7, 2017:  Annual Judges Conference breakfast meeting
  • February 23, 2018:  State Court Host (location to be determined)
  • June 29, 2018:  Tribal Court Host (location to be determined)
  • October 26, 2018:  State Court Host (location to be determined)
Judy Nord
Staff Attorney
State Court Administrator’s Office
(651) 282-3972
judy.nord@courts.state.mn.us