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Tribal Liaison

Four federally recognized tribal nations exist in North Dakota: the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Three Affiliated Tribes - Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, the Spirit Lake Nation, and the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The state is also home to the Trenton Indian Service Area.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services has employed a tribal liaison since 1997 to enhance working relationships and communication between tribal governments and tribal social service programs and the Department.

The Department's Tribal Liaison:

In contrast, the Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, a distinct and separate state agency, acts as the liaison between all state executive branch agencies and the tribes in North Dakota.

Many division directors meet regularly with their tribal contemporaries.  The N.D. Department of Human Services regularly partners with the Native American Training Institute for training, the Indian Child Welfare Act conference, and other educational efforts. The Tribal Liaison works to make Department and County human services employees aware of training opportunities.


Theresa Snyder
Tribal Liaison North Dakota Department of Human Services
600 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-1816
Toll Free: (800) 755-2671
TTY: (701) 328-3480

Related Information

Directories of Tribal Social Service Agencies

The directories below are not all inclusive, but may be useful to locate social service agencies and other resources.


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