Constitutional Convention Information

At a special meeting on June 29, 2017, the Tribal Executive Committee (TEC) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) scheduled three constitutional convention meetings to be held around the state in August, September and October.

The first meetings were held Aug. 21 and 22 at Mille Lacs. The remaining scheduled meetings will be held September 25 and 26 at Shooting Star Casino on the White Earth Reservation and October 23 and 24 at the Fortune Bay Casino on the Bois Forte Reservation.

The constitutional convention was called to address several issues and questions raised by TEC members and other MCT members who have spoken up in recent months.

The current Constitution was adopted by members of the six MCT Bands as part of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

For more information on the MCT and the Constitution, see the documents and links below. Check back to this page for updates on the Constitutional Convention process.

1938 MCT Corporate Charter
48 Stat. 984 — The Indian Reorganization Act
1936 MCT Constitution
1963 Revised Constitution and Bylaws

For more information on the MCT Constitution, Ordinances and Interpretations, see the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe website.

To download the MCT Tribal Government Student Handbook, click on the following:

Chapter 1 — Traditional Chippewa Tribal Government
Chapter 2 — Chippewa Treaties
Chapter 3 — The Indian Reorganization Act
Chapter 4 — Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Structure and Powers
Chapter 5 — Federal Legislation and Policy
Chapter 6 — Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Programs and Services

More coverage of MCT Constitutional Conventions

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Will Hold Constitutional Convention

Meetings Prepare Band Members for Constitutional Convention

Wide-ranging Discussion at First MCT Constitutional Convention Meetings