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Cheney, WA 99004
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Tribal Planning Basics

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.
The lecture series is divided into 4 online webinars:

  • Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Planning and Federal Indian Law (two parts)
    • The Laws and Legal eras of Federal Indian Policy
    • Tribal Planning reflecting Court Cases and Federal Indian Law
  • Comprehensive Planning Process and the Tribal Comprehensive Plan *
  • The Practice of Tribal Planning on American Indian Reservations today *

*Tribal case studies of plans, planning implementation and practice will be showcased.

Theses 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.

The lectures provide the basics of federal Indian policy and law and the framework created for tribal government planning. A study guide and suggested reading materials and web sites will be made available for participants. Each lecture will be recorded live and made available after the webinar.

Margo Hill, JD, a Spokane Tribal member is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Tribal Planning in EWU's Urban Planning Programs and has a JD from Gonzaga University and an MURP from EWU, and has served as a tribal program manager, a tribal attorney and judge, and has research interests in traditional tribal cultures, tribal law, and tribal planning.

Lecture 1: The Nine Sources of Federal Indian Law and Policy. Margo Hill, JD. - tbd
Lecture 2: Key Court Cases, Legal Issues, and Powers to Plan on Reservation Lands. Margo Hill, JD. - tbd
Lecture 3: Why do Tribes need their own Comprehensive Plan? Margo Hill, JD. - tbd
Lecture 4: Tribal Planning Implementation and Practices. Margo Hill, JD. and Guest Speakers - tbd
* All four lectures will start at 10:00 am PST and end at 11:30 PST

Cost: $75 for all four lectures or $25 each.

Registration will be available closer to the event

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