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.

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.  

 

 
Rebecca Vanden Hanen
Staff Attorney
State Court Administrator’s Office
(651) 282-3972
Rebecca.Vandenhanen@courts.state.mn.us