2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Tribal Economics

Fall 2011 quarter

Alan Parker law , Linda Moon Stumpff natural resource policy, public administration

This class will focus on the unique roles that tribal governments plays in relation to economic, business and community development within Indian reservations and the surrounding areas. As the primary local government within reservation boundaries, tribes are responsible for determining which business enterprises may be licensed, which economic activities are to be permitted for individuals and corporations and which are to be tribally-managed. Tribal governments are responsible for regulating all land uses and to assess the environmental impacts of development proposals. In fulfilling these responsibilities, tribal governments constitute the primary authority charged with safeguarding the public good and protecting the tribal community from any harmful impacts business operations. At the same time tribes strive to create an environment in which legitimate business and commerce may flourish. Tribal governments have the authority to impose taxes on business transactions in order to generate revenue for public services. They must also fund the development of physical infrastructure such as roads, utilities, etc. Tribes are responsible for "community development" which includes construction and maintenance of public housing, schools, health care facilities, public recreation and cultural preservation. In this course, we will examine how tribal governments balance these complex and challenging roles in the context of cultural compatibility within the tribal community and effective integration with surrounding communities and public land-management agencies.


Advertised Schedule
1-5p Fri, 8:30a-5p Sat/Sun (Nov 18-20, Dec 2-4)
Tribal MPA
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend