Executive Certificate in Tribal Planning

About

Tribal Planning at EWU is not simply applying Anglo (non-Indian) planning to tribal lands and government. Instead, it is based on your understanding of the unique status and powers of American Indian tribal governments through knowledge of tribal sovereignty, and the dynamics and complexity of strategic planning-policy analysis, management, and community-building, in addition to providing all basic skills of contemporary urban and community planning. The Tribal Comprehensive Plan is envisioned and presented as a key to Tribal Planning and includes all elements of an Anglo Comprehensive Plan, plus additional elements to address issues and concerns of American Indian peoples and each tribe’s specific culture and history.

The coursework and curricula in tribal planning are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level, along with workshops, training sessions, applied research and planning projects working with tribes across the region. Tribal planning classes include standard lectures, readings, and presentations, but incorporate tribal planners and elected tribal officials and staff from nearby tribal governments, and generally include field research or plan-making applied to a specific tribe.

The Executive Tribal Planning Certificate is a 23-credit curriculum designed for professional planners and tribal planners to understand and address the needs for tribal planning within Indian Country.

Curriculum & Requirements

Urban and Regional Planning, Executive Certificate in Tribal Planning

Through the unique relations between American Indian tribal governments, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program, EWU has developed a curriculum in American Indian tribal planning at the graduate level to serve tribal government leaders and staff, American Indian students and anyone interested in understanding tribal planning practice. The Executive Certificate in Tribal Planning is a 23–24 credit curriculum that can be part of a graduate program at EWU or a stand-alone certificate. The purpose of the Executive Certificate is to provide executive level graduate education on tribal planning and tribal government administration. All students must complete the graduate admissions requirements for the Planning Program (above). Students must complete the 20 credits of required classes, plus one additional class from the Tribal Planning list.

Note: students in the Certificate program should consult with the Tribal Planning Director.

Required Core
PLAN 523AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING4
PLAN 524ADVANCED STRATEGIC PLANNING4
PLAN 528AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH AND COMMUNITY4
PLAN 530CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING3
PLAN 531CENSUS DATA FOR AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING2
PLAN 533AMERICAN INDIAN LAW FOR PLANNERS3
Choose a minimum of one additional Tribal Planning Course3-4
AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
AMERICAN INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AMERICAN INDIAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING STUDIO
Total Credits23-24

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