Indigenous placemaking, interdisciplinary work with other degree programs could occur. Indigenous planning is a movement that is established on the belief that Indigenous communities should beneďŹ t from the best practices that design and planning have to oďŹ€er, but in a manner that is culturally informed. It requires that leadership balance the immediacy of action (short term) with a comprehensive vision (long term). iD+Pi has been representing such approaches at various national venues. In May of 2016, for example, Ted Jojola, director, and Michaela Shirley, professional intern, of the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi), UNM, were invited to set the tone for the convening of a designingEQUITY event staged in Washington,D.C.At this convening,the SURDNA foundation and NEA Artworks sponsored over 60 architects including landscape architects, to discuss approaches on community-engaged design. These individuals and their organizations work in partnerships with communities of color and low income. Other events continue to be staged. Since January, its work has been presented at the SmartGrowth conference in Portland, Oregon, and the ArtPlace America convening in Phoenix, Arizona, and its work will be showcased alongside others at a soon-to-be opening at the NYC Cooper-Hewett Museum of Design â€œBy the People, Designing a Better Americaâ€? exhibit (Sept. 20, 2016 â€“ Feb. 26, 2017). iD+Pi recently participated in an Indigenous Planning Summer Institute held at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin. Sponsored by the Sustainable Development Institute, its director, Chris Caldwell (Menominee Nation), teamed up with associate professor Kyle Whyte (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) to oďŹ€er a weeklong workshop for incoming student forestry interns. The central theme was on climate change and Indigenous Planning.
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A s i d e f r o m i D + P i â€™s workshop presentations, one major takeaway was seeing how the Menominee tribe practiced sustainableyield forestry management. It is the centerpiece of a burgeoning timber industry that not only provides economic opportunity but also affirms their cultural roles and identity. Unlike many forests, the goal is to diversify its stands by maintaining 14 diďŹ€erent cover types, each of which is an ecological mix of tree species. Groves of pine, beech, maple and hemlock coexist. Lumber harvest is not determined by outside demand but by what the ecosystem can yield. The cultural health of the people is directly attributed to the health of the forest. Another highlight at the IP Summer Institute was a visit at the neighboring Oneida Tribal Nation of Wisconsin. Hosted by JeďŹ€rey Witte, Oneida Nation indigenous planner, a tour was given of lands that have been restored from farms to wetlands. Equally impressive was a cultural ArtBridge project that was constructed along a 2.6-mile walking trail that links public services to residential areas. Together, such successes demonstrate the power and value of placemaking. In her remarks at a recent youth conference on STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art + Math), Michaela concluded, â€œReďŹ‚ect, pray, and think about the type of places you envision. If it is one thing you remember about my talk it is this: Placemaking and Indigenous Planning at the end of day is about designing and planning a place where everyone belongs.â€?This aptly sums up iD+Piâ€™s eďŹ€orts to date. # Ted Jojola, Ph.D., is director of iD+Pi and a Distinguished Professor and Regentsâ€™ Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico. He is from the Pueblo of Isleta.
PBS BROADCAST OF NATIVE AMERICAN GREEN: NEW DIRECTIONS IN TRIBAL HOUSING The Natural Heroes TV series, seen nationally on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations, is airing an episode entitled Native American Green, produced by Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative with Adventure Pictures. Viewers can tune in locally or stream the program at http:// sustainablenativecommunities.org The show tells the stor y of a remarkable transformation in green architecture on Native American lands. A new generation of tribal leaders, architects and planners is creating sustainable buildings that restore traditions and revitalize native communities. Native American Green features ďŹ ve of these innovative projects, including the Oweâ€™Nehbupingeh Rehabilitation Project. (Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico was formerly known as San Juan Pueblo.) Oweâ€™neh Bupingeh, the traditional name for the Ohkay Owingeh village center, has been occupied for at least 700 years. Sixty of the homes remain and are being restored with tribal members, earthen-building constructors and the team of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.
The Menominee tribe practices sustainableyield forestry management.
Michaela Shirley is interning as an iD+Pi Program Specialist. She is a graduate of the Masters in Community and Regional Planning program at UNM. She is DinĂŠ (Navajo) from Kin Dah Lichii, Arizona.
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Published on Aug 1, 2016
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