Shoshone-Bannock hosting annual Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference
ICT editorial team
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Shalynn Kellogg email@example.com for more information.
The theme for the 2018 Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference is “Building Partnerships through Understanding, Cooperation and Consultation.” There are many partnerships to be developed in planning efforts. Often, Indian Tribal Governments are misunderstood in planning for regional solutions, for example, involving coordinating tribal projects with local and state government transportation improvements can be 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 Threats (SWOT) analyses, or contribute to the discussion of what socio-economic development is needed for a region and/or state. A shared understanding of tribal, but also rural, small town planning is often missing from 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 August conference, we anticipate a dialogue that provides much needed alternative to urban/big city planning, including the legal, political and social frameworks of planning on and off Indian Reservations.
Attached: Agenda for conference
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes | Located on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are located on the Fort Hall Reservation in Southeastern Idaho, between the cities of Pocatello, American Falls, and Blackfoot. The Reservation is divided into five districts: Fort Hall, Lincoln Creek, Ross Fork, Gibson, and Bannock Creek. Currently, 97% of the Reservation lands are owned by the Tribes and individual Indian ownership.