2018 Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference

Building Partnerships Through Understanding Cooperation and Consultation

The Tribal Planning Interest Group of APA, the American Planning Association, and the Western Planning Resources/The Western Planner are co-hosting this conference being held Aug. 5-8 in Fort Hall, Idaho. As an added bonus, this conference is being held in conjunction with the 2018 Shoshone-Bannock Festival, Rodeo, Pow-Wow and Indian Relays scheduled on August 9-12, 2018.

The theme for the 2018 Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference is “Building Partnerships through Understanding, Cooperation and Consultation.” Local, state and regional planning efforts provide numerous partnering opportunities. Tribal governments are often misunderstood or left out of these efforts. For example, when developing regional transportation solutions, the task of coordinating with and including tribal projects can seem like a daunting task.

Regional planning efforts, such as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or comprehensive planning processes, involve creation of regional steering committees to conduct Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Treats (SWOT) analyses, or contribute to the discussion of what socioeconomic development is needed for a region or state.

A shared understanding of tribal, but also rural, small town planning should be a priority component for these conversations. Partnerships between tribes, rural/small communities and their regional, state, and federal partners, including collective evaluation of needs and opportunities, are critical to improving quality of life in our communities.

At the  conference, we anticipate a dialogue that provides much needed alternative to urban/big city planning, including legal, political and social frameworks of planning on and off Indian Reservations.

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