Planning the American Indian Reservation
From Theory to Empowerment
Nicholas Christos Zaferatos
Foreword by Brian Cladoosby
"The book is divided into four parts. Each part provides rich information related to thinking and planning in Native communities....A good read for students and faculty in planning, politicians, and other stakeholders."—Journal of American Indian Higher Education
"The author presents ‘comanagement’ as a way of meeting both tribal and nontribal concerns, something that in other contexts might be called inclusionary planning."—Planning
"Zaferatos discusses the complex conditions under which tribal governments operate but also provides readers with tangible ways in which tribes can better develop economically by delving into the obstacles and the opportunities that tribal governments face today. In doing so, he also advances the idea that strategic planning and development can foster even greater political gains than activism alone. This is a must read for both students and practitioners. Essential."—Choice
"[Zaferatos’s] insights about the practice of tribal planning present a
new way of thinking about—and effectively overcoming—the many
challenges that we tribal nations will inevitably continue to face in our
pursuit of economic independence and self-determination."—Brian Cladoosby, president, National Congress of American Indians
"Zaferatos does a great service with this book.
He understands that the successful planner in
Indian Country works to empower tribes by
expanding their capacities to stand as governing
equals with their state, local, and federal
counterparts. Perhaps even more importantly,
his book sets out in detail the constraints and
opportunities that confront the exercise of tribal
governmental powers, and then goes about
illustrating—with real world cases—exactly
how constraints can be overcome and opportunities
can be seized. The lessons Zaferatos
draws will help both tribes and their neighbors
to build better communities for their citizens."—Joseph P. Kalt, Professor Emeritus and codirector,
Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government,
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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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
historical, 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.
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6 x 9, 320 pages, 22 black-and-white illustrations, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index