This land can sustain us: cooperative land use planning on the Oneida Reservation

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Land use planning in indigenous communities often takes place within state-based planning initiatives, leaving indigenous governments to serve as token participants. Through these initiatives, state-based governments have the ability to wield their power and control the planning process to the detriment of indigenous governments. This study sets forth an alternative option involving cooperative land use planning practices where neither government controls the planning process. Drawing upon a case study of the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin, USA, this study explores ways to increase cooperative land use planning relationships between indigenous and state-based governments. As one of the few empirical studies to apply critical planning theory to advocate for increased cooperative land use planning, this paper proposes a series of recommendations that can help indigenous and state-based governments avoid conflicts and work toward cooperative relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-34
Number of pages26
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.


  • Cooperative land use planning
  • Indian reservation
  • critical planning theory
  • local governments
  • planning
  • tribal governments


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