Shoshone-Bannock hosting annual Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference

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Conference in Fort Hall on August 5-8, 2018 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Fort Hall- the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will be hosting the annual Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference in Fort Hall on August 5-8, 2018 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center. The conference theme is ‘Building Partnerships through Understanding, Cooperation, and Consultation.” The Tribes Planning department has teamed with the Indigenous Interest Group of APA and The Western Planner to provide a shared understanding of tribal, rural, and small town planning efforts.

“The Tribes Planning Department felt it was important to bring the conference to tribal lands specifically our Tribe in order to bridge relationships between our rural planning communities. This conference is perfect for anyone who is in the fields of economic development, transportation, housing, community development, planning, tribal leadership, leadership roles in rural communities, and anyone that has a role in progressive economic development in communities” states Alonzo Coby, Planning Director for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Never before has this conference been hosted by a Tribe. Last year’s conference was held in Spearfish, South Dakota by the South Dakota Planners Association and the Western Planner. The conference tracks include Collaboration and Case Studies; Self-Reliance and Economic Resiliency; Culturally Relevant and Sustainable Infrastructure Development; Understanding and leveraging “the Federal” Indian Law, Lands and Data. All sessions are eligible for Continuing Maintenance (CM) credits for AICP. Around 200 participants including planning professionals, consultants, city and tribal elected officials, students (conference fee will be waived for youth over the ages of 16 years old) and exhibitors are anticipated on attending.

Keynote speakers include the following professionals: Ms. Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Ms. Tammie Poitra, Deputy Regional Director of BIA Midwest Regional Office. Entertainment line-up includes Conrad Benally (Shoshone-Bannock), NAMMY winner for Best Inspirational Recording and Best Male Artist from the Native American Music Association and Ms. Matika Wilbur (Swinomish & Tulalip Tribe) a tribal visual storyteller and leading photographer based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

To register for the conference go online at . Registration fee is $350 per person and includes all meals and entertainment OR $100.00 per day if you want to attend for one day. Registration is accepted the same day of conference at the door. Contact Bodie Broncho or Shalynn Kellogg for more information.

Attached: Agenda for conference

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