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State Tribal Relations Committees and Commissions

State Committees and Commissions on Indian Affairs

2/14/2013

The need for state forums on Indian affairs has increased in conjunction with the need for improved state-tribal relations. Traditionally, these forums have been under the direction of the executive branches in the states. More legislatures, however, are recognizing the benefits of having dedicated committees on Indian affairs or state-tribal relations. This compilation includes both legislative and executive branch committees and commissions, contact names and numbers. Please, email state-tribal-info@ncsl.org with any errors or omissions.

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State Legislative Committees Dedicated to Indian Affairs

State Executive Branch Indian Affairs Commissions or Contacts

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Alabama

 

Alabama Indian Affairs Commission 
771 S. Lawrence St., Suite 106 
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-2831
(334) 240-3408 (FAX) 
Robert R. Russell Jr., Executive Director

(Ala. Code 1975 s41-9-708 to 717)

9

22,430

22,019

Alaska

 

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811
(907) 465-3500
(907) 465-3532 (FAX)

226

98,043

21,198

Arizona

Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day is a statutorily required annual meeting with legislators and tribal leaders. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. 41-1108) 


 

Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs
1700 W. Washington, Ste. 156
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-4421
(602) 542-3712 (FAX)

The Commission submits an annual report to the Legislature and makes recommendations to governor & legislators on Indian issues. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. 41-541 to 543)

21

255,879

36,673

Arkansas

 

 

0

17,808

19,194

California

Assembly Select Committee on California Indian Nations
(Not currently active)

Native American Heritage Comm.
915 Capitol Mall, Room 364
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-4082
(916) 657-5390 (FAX) 
James Ramos, Chairman

Attorney General's Office 
Office of Native American Affairs
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
(916) 322-1818
Olin Jones, Director

108

333,346

294,216

Colorado

 

Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs
Office of Lieutenant Governor
130 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-3027 
Ernest House, Jr., Executive Secretary

(Colo. Rev. Stat. 24-44-101 to 108)

2

44,241

35,448

Connecticut

 

Department of Environmental Protection 
Connecticut Indian Affairs Council
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-3066
Ed Sarabia, Indian Affairs Coordinator

6

9,639

14,849

Delaware

 

Nanticoke Indian Assoc. 
27073 John J. Williams Hwy. 
Millsboro, DE 19966
(302) 945-3400
Larry Jackson, Chief

State of Delaware
Div. of Historical and Cultural Affairs 
21 The Green
Dover, DE, 19901
(302) 736-7400
(302) 739-5660 (FAX)

1

2,731

3,338

Florida

 

Florida Governor's Council on Indian Affairs, Inc.
1341 Cross Creek Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 488-0730
(850) 488-5875 (FAX)
Joe A. Quetone, Executive Director

2

53,541

64,339

Georgia

 

Council on American Indian Concerns 
2600 Highway 155, SW 
Suite D 
Stockbridge, GA  30281 
(770) 389-7265
Mr. Nealie McCormick, Chairman

(Ga. Code 44-12-280 to 285)
 

3

21,737

31,460

Hawaii

House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs 

Senate Committee on Water, Land and Hawaiian Affairs

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
711 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 500
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 594-1835
(808) 594-1865 (FAX)
Clyde Namu'o, Chief Executive Officer
 

0

83,672 *

223,877

Idaho

Idaho Council on Indian Affairs
Monitors and reviews legislation and state policies that impact state/tribal relations; advises governor, legislature and state departments.

Commission on Human Rights
P.O. Box 83720
1109 Main Street, Suite 450
Boise, ID 83720-0040
(208) 334-2873
(208) 334-2664 (FAX) 
Pamela Parks, Director

4

17,645

9,592

Illinois

 

American Indian Center of Chicago
1630 W. Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5871
(773) 275-5874 (FAX)

0

31,006

42,155

Indiana

 

Native American Indian Affairs Commission
10 North Senate Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

3

15,815

23,448

Iowa

 

Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
321 E. 12th Street, 2nd floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 242-6334

1

8,989

9,257

Kansas

Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations

Kansas Native American Affairs Office
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 101A
Topeka, Kansas 66612-20
785-296-1904 | 785-296-1795
Chris Howell, Executive Director

4

24,936

22,427

Kentucky

 

Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission
300 Washington Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-7005

0

8,616

15,936

Louisiana

 

Louisiana Governor's Office of Indian Affairs
150 N. Third Street 
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
(225) 219-8715 
Mark Ford, Director

9

25,477

17,401

Maine

The legislature has two Tribal representatives from the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, who have seats on the floor of the House, sponsorship privilege and are each members of the State Government & Judiciary Committee. They have no voting privileges.
(per House Rule 525, Joint Rule 206 (3) ) 

Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission
P.O. Box 241
Stillwater, ME 04489
(207) 394-2045
 

4

7,098

6,058

Maryland

 

Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
301 W. Preston St.,  Suite 1500
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-7631
E. Keith Colston, Executive Director

(Md. Ann. Code Art. 41 s. 15-301)

0

15,423

24,014

Massachusetts

 

Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 573-1291
(617) 573-1515 (FAX)

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 6A, s. 8A)

2

15,015

23,035

Michigan

 

Michigan Dept. of Human Services 
P.O. Box 30037
235 S. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-2035
 

16

58,479

65,933

Minnesota

 

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council 
161 Saint Anthony Ave., Suite 919
St. Paul, MN  55103
(651) 296-0041
Annamarie Hill, Executive Director

(Minn. Stat. Ann. 3.922)

8

54,967

26,107

Mississippi

 

 

1

11,652

7,903

Missouri

 

 

0

25,076

35,023

Montana

State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee

Montana Office of Indian Affairs 
State Capitol Bldg., Room 202
Helena, MT 59620 
(406) 444-3702
Jennifer Perez Cole, Director

State-Tribal Economic Development Commission, created 1999 per HB 670

7

56,068

10,252

Nebraska

State-Tribal Relations Committee

Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
6th Floor East, State Capitol
P.O. Box 94981
Lincoln, NE 68509-4981
(402) 471-3475
Judi gaiashkibos, Executive Director 

(Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-2501 to 2508)

6

14,896

7,308

Nevada

 

Nevada Indian Commission 
5366 Snyder Avenue 
Carson City, NV  89701
(775) 687-8333
Sherry Rupert, Executive Director 

(Nev. Rev. Stat. 233A.010 to .100)

19

26,420

15,802

New Hampshire 

 

 

0

2,964

4,921

New Jersey

 

New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs
125 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ  08608
(609) 341-2740
Autumn Wind Scott, Chair

(N.J. Stat. s. 52:15A-53)

1

19,492

29,612

New Mexico

Joint Indian Affairs Committee
(Meets periodically during the year when Legislature is not in session)

Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee
(Meets regularly during legislative sessions)

Joint Legislative Committee on Compacts
(Created 1999 per SB 737, meets when required.)

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department
Wendell Chino Building, 2nd Floor
1220 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM  87505
(505) 476-1600
Arthur Allison, Cabinet Secretary

23

173,483

17,992

New York

 

New York State Office of Children & Family Services 
Native American Services 
295 Main Street, Room 545
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 847-3123
 

9

82,461

89,120

North Carolina

House Federal Relations and Indian Affairs Committee
 

North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs
116 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 807-4440
Gregory Richardson, Exec. Director 

(N.C. Gen. Stat. 143B-404 to 411) 

State Advisory Council on Indian Education
(N.C. Gen. Stat. 115C-210)

6

99,551

32,185

North Dakota

 

 

Tribal and State Relations Committee 

North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission
600 East Boulevard Avenue
First Floor-Room 117
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2428
Scott Davis, Executive Director 

(N.D. Cent. Code 54-36-01 to 07)

4

31,329

3,899

Ohio

 

 

0

24,486

51,589

Oklahoma


Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission - dissolved in 2011
(Okla. Stat. Ann. 74-1201 to 1205)

Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations
(Okla. Stat. Ann. 74-1222)

Native American Cultural and Educational Authority (section 74-1226.2) "to promote the history and culture of American Indians for the benefit of the state of Oklahoma and its Indian and non-Indian citizens."
Gena Howard, Acting Executive Director
http://www.nacea.com/

Oklahoma Secretary of State
2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Ste. 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897
(405) 521-3912

The Governor appointed the Secretary of State as the official liaison to the tribal nations located within the boudaries of  Oklahoma.
 

37

273,230

118,719

Oregon

Legislative Commission on Indian Services
13 members appointed to two-year staggered terms. All nine federally recognized tribes are represented. Commission compiles information about services for Indians; develops and sponsors programs to outreach to Indians as well as other public and private agencies; supports agencies in expanding Indian services and assesses existing programs.

Legislative Commission on Indian Services
900 Court St., NE,  Room 167
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1067
(503) 986-1071 (FAX) 
Karen Quigley, Executive Director

(Or. Rev. Stat. 172.010 to .140)

10

45,211

40,456

Pennsylvania 

 

 

0

18,348

34,302

Rhode Island

 

 

1

5,121

5,604

South Carolina

 

The Commission for Minority Affairs
6904 N. Main, Suite 107
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 333-9621
Janie Davis, Executive Director

1

13,718

13,738

South Dakota

 

Five members from the House and five members from the Senate, appointed biannually. Committee may present draft legislation and policy recommendations to the Legislative Research Council Executive Board.

State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee

South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations
302 East Dakota
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-5654
(www.sdtribalrelations.com)
Leroy "J.R." LaPlante, Secretary

(S.D. Stat. s. 1-4-1)

9

62,283

5,998

Tennessee

 

Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
ended operations as of June 30, 2010, the expiration of the legal authority for its existence (Tenn. Code Ann. 4-34-101 to 108)  

0

15,152

24,036

Texas

Texas Indian Commission (Historical Reference)

Office of Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
(512) 463-2100
(512) 476-2653 (FAX)

3

118,362

97,237

Utah

Native American Legislative Liaison Committee

11 members - seven from House and four from Senate. Committee serves as liaison between Utah tribes and the Legislature.

Utah Division of Indian Affairs
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-245-7208
801-521-4727 (FAX)
Shirlee Silversmith, Director 

(Utah Code Ann. 1953 s9-9-109)

7

29,684

10,761

Vermont

 

Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609
 

0

2,420

3,976

Virginia

 

Virginia Council on Indians
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 225-2084
13 members - eight from Virginia tribes officially recognized by the Commonwealth, two members at-large from Indian population in Virginia, one from House of Delegates, one from Senate, and one from Commonwealth at-large.

(Va. Code Ann. 9-138.1 to 138.4)

8

21,172

31,692

Washington

Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee

Governor's Office of Indian Affairs 
210 11th Avenue, SW, #415
P.O. Box 40909 
Olympia, WA 98504-0909
(360) 902-8827
Craig Bill, Director

29

93,301

65,639

West Virginia

 

 

0

3,606

7,038

Wisconsin

Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations

Studies issues related to American Indians and the American Indian tribes and bands and develops specific recommendations and legislative proposals relating to these issues. Includes six-12 legislative and six-11 tribal members.

(Wisc. State. 13.83(3))

Wisconsin State-Tribal Relations
Initiative

101 East Wilson Street, 9th Floor
Madison, WI  53708
(608) 267-1824
Brian Vigue, Administrator


 

11

47,228

22,158

Wyoming

 

 

Select Committee on Tribal Relations

Wyoming Indian Affairs Council

(Wyo. Stat. 9-2-1901 to 1905)

2

11,133

3,879

† Information on number of tribes in each state includes federally and state-recognized tribes. Population statistics for American Indian and Alaska Native population was obtained from 2000 U.S. Census data. The first number represents the number of people who chose American Indian or Alaska Native as their only race. The second number represents the number of people who chose American Indian or Alaska Native in combination with one or more other races.

*Hawaii's population numbers include Native Hawaiians, and American Indians and Alaska Natives. The second number only includes other Pacific Islanders.

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