Tina Smith

United States Senator for Minnesota

Indian Affairs

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Sen. Smith is proud to represent the eleven tribes who call Minnesota home.


When Senator Smith first joined the Senate, she asked to serve on the Indian Affairs Committee because she’s heard time and time again from leaders in Indian Country who are frustrated that policy decisions are being made without bringing tribes to the table. There are tremendous needs in Indian Country, and Sen. Smith understands that leaders in Indian Country often have answers for how the federal government can step up and fulfill its obligation to tribal communities.


Sen. Smith wants to make sure programs—from energy and economy development to health and education—are adequately supported. She believes we need to address the effects of the opioid crisis on tribal communities, especially on mothers and children. We need to address the lack of housing in Indian Country, which makes it harder to attract teachers, law enforcement officers, and health care workers that reservations need.


Sen. Smith believes we also need to give tribes the tools to develop their workforce and attract business and investment, while also investing in basic infrastructure like roads and broadband.

Press Releases

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Honors Grand Portage Chairman Norman Deschampe with Senate Tribute


WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/27/19]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) honored the legacy and contributions of Grand Portage Chairman Norman W. Deschampe, who recently passed away. 

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Helps Lead Bipartisan Efforts to Address Violence Against Native Communities
Senator Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bills to Address Violence Against Women, Children, and Tribal Law Enforcement

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Tribal Programs In Minnesota, Across Nation From Future Funding Uncertainty
Bill Would Authorize Advance Support for Tribal Health, Public Safety, Education, and Law Enforcement Programs

Senator’s “Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act” Seeks Recourse for Victims of Sexual Assault, Trafficking, and Stalking Crimes  

WASHINGTON [07/17/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)—a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee—has introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure tribes in Minnesota and across the country are able to prosecute crimes of sexual violence committed by non-Indian offenders.

Senator’s Legislation Would Allow Tribes to Administer SNAP

WASHINGTON D.C. [06/12/18]—Ahead of this week’s first Senate consideration of the Farm Bill, Senator Tina Smith—a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee—introduced legislation to allow tribes in Minnesota and across the country to have more control over how federal hunger programs are administered in their communities.

Senator Pushes for Resources to Help People Struggling with Addiction, Mental Health Conditions, Other Behavioral Health Crises in Indian Country

Ahead of a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today on the opioid crisis in Indian Country, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith introduced a bill to help tribal communities in Minnesota and across the country access the resources they need to support people who are struggling with mental illness or substance use disorders.

Washington, D.C. Office

720 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5641

State Offices

Moorhead Office
819 Center Avenue
Suite 2A
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 284-8721

Duluth Office
515 W 1st Street
Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-2390

State Offices

Saint Paul
60 Plato Blvd. East
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Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: (651) 221-1016

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Rochester, MN  55901
Phone: (507) 288-2003