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668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Rm 384
Spokane, WA 99202-1660
phone: 509.828.1410

Tribal Planning Basics

Directed Self Paced Training
Instructor:     Margo Hill, JD


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Duration:   Four 1.5-hour lectures


Date:   To be Announced

Time:   Self-paced


Prerequistes:   None

Fee:   $100.00


Description of the Training:

The practice of American Indian tribal planning is based on three foundations: 1) the principle of tribal sovereignty including inherent sovereignty, understood through a combination of the evolution of tribal legislation and tribal court cases that create the power to plan; 2) the application of comprehensive planning processes to the unique setting of individual tribal specific governments; and 3) the evolution and implementation of tribal planning by tribal governments in recent times-the practice of tribal planning. These three components of tribal planning, including tribal transportation planning, will be the focus of our Tribal Planning Basics class comprised of four 1.5 hour lectures. These will focus on tribal sovereignty as the basis for tribal planning; tribal court cases as the basis for the practice of tribal planning; the tribal comprehensive plan as the central component of tribal planning; and finally, the current practice of tribal planning by tribal governments through recognition of best practices.


Who Should Attend:

These lectures are designed for tribal planners and directors as well as MPO's, TTPO's and state, city, or county planners who work with tribes in their regions.


Learning Objectives:

The lectures provide the basics of federal Indian policy and law and the framework created for tribal government planning. Suggested reading materials and web sites will be made available for participants. Each lecture was recorded live and access to the recordings will be made available after registration for the series.

The Nine Sources of Federal Indian Law and Policy

  1. Where do Federal Indian Law principles come from?
  2. How do the Spanish/English colonial powers justify domination of the Native Americans?
  3. What is tribal sovereignty?
  4. What are treaties? What are terms of treaties?
  5. What are cannons of construction?
  6. Do federal statutes apply to tribes?
  7. Name 9 Sources of federal Indian Law?
  8. 7 Eras - basic understanding of time periods of federal Indian Law/policy.

Key Court Cases, Legal Issues, and Powers to Plan on Reservation Lands

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Why do Tribes need their own Comprehensive Plan?

Numbered Learning Objectives go here

Tribal Planning Implementation and Practices

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Course Overview:

Introduction Webinar - August 4 at 10:00 AM PST
Lecture 1: The Nine Sources of Federal Indian Law and Policy. Margo Hill, JD.

  • Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Planning and Federal Indian Law 
  • The Laws and Legal eras of Federal Indian Policy

Lecture 2: Key Court Cases, Legal Issues, and Powers to Plan on Reservation Lands. Margo Hill, JD.

  • Tribal Planning reflecting Court Cases and Federal Indian Law

Lecture 3: Why do Tribes need their own Comprehensive Plan? Margo Hill, JD.

  • Comprehensive Planning Process and the Tribal Comprehensive Plan *

Lecture 4: Tribal Planning Implementation and Practices. Margo Hill, JD. and Dr. Dick Winchell

  • The Practice of Tribal Planning on American Indian Reservations today *

Contact:     Michele Siedenburg at 509-828-1411 for registration information


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