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Planning the American Indian Reservation: From Theory to Empowerment

Planning the American Indian Reservation: From Theory to Empowerment

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American Indian reservation planning is one of the most challenging and poorly understood specializations within the American planning profession. Charged with developing a strategy to protect irreplaceable tribal homelands that have been repeatedly diminished over the ages through unjust public policy actions, it is also one of the most imperative. For centuries tribes have faced historical bigotry, political violence, and an unrelenting resistance to self-governance. Aided by a comprehensive reservation planning strategy, tribes can create the community they envisioned for themselves, independent of outside forces. In Planning the American Indian Reservation, Zaferatos presents a holistic and practical approach to explaining the practice of Native American planning.

The book unveils the complex conditions that tribes face by examining the historic, political, legal, and theoretical dimensions of the tribal planning situation in order to elucidate the context within which reservation planning occurs. Drawing on more than thirty years of professional practice, Zaferatos presents several case studies demonstrating how effective tribal planning can alter the nature of the political landscape and help to rebalance the uneven relationships that have been formed between tribal governments and their nontribal political counterparts. Tribal planning's overarching objective is to assist tribes as they transition from passive objects of historical circumstances to principal actors in shaping their future reservation communities.

Author: Nicholas Christos Zaferatos
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published: 05/11/2015
Pages: 376
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.38lbs
Size: 9.30h x 5.98w x 1.04d
ISBN: 9780815633938

Review Citation(s):
Choice 12/01/2015

About the Author
Nicholas Christos Zaferatos is professor of urban planning and sustainable development at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. His professional practice in urban planning spans over thirty-five years and includes planning and executive managerial positions and civic appointments on planning boards and commissions with local, regional, and Native American governments.

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