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Tadd M. Johnson

In 2019, the University of Minnesota named Professor Tadd M. Johnson the first ever Senior Director of American Indian Tribal Nation Relations. Johnson is responsible for relations with the 11 Minnesota tribes and the five University campuses. He is also the Director of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) and the Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship. A full Professor, Johnson is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bois Forte Band. Professor Johnson has served as a tribal attorney for more than 30 years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian Law. He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, on the Boards of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Native Governance Center and is the Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute.