1st Edition

Housing and Economic Development in Indian Country Challenge and Opportunity

By Robin Leichenko Copyright 2006
    451 Pages
    by Routledge

    450 Pages
    by Routledge

    Among America's most complex planning environments, Indian country continues to face innumerable challenges to its community development. These factors are historic in nature, creating an assemblage of complex problems in reservation land management, policy implementation, and the ability of tribes to access capital for community investment.This study explores the history and the land, population, economic, and housing characteristics of Indian country. The authors' investigation includes: reservations, Alaska Native villages, and other Census-recognized areas of historical Native American settlement and tribal culture. They analyze the constraints to housing and economic development and develop strategies for addressing those constraints. This book also identifies, uses, and evaluates data sources relevant to the study of housing and economic development on tribal lands. The research in this book was funded by the Fannie Mae Foundation.In the Journal of the American Planning Association, Nicholas C. Zaferatos wrote that Housing and Economic Development in Indian Country is an essential desk reference for policymakers and planners working in Native American communities, as well as for nontribal agencies and other planners who share a concern for the well-being of tribal nations. It also contains extensive appendices in an accompanying CD containing data for individual tribal areas.

    Part One: Synthesis of Research and Background One: Synthesis of Research and Findings Two: American Indians and Tribal Areas: Historical Overview Three: The Echo of History: A Profile of the American Indian Population Nationwide Four: Indian Country: Definition, Population, and Land Profile Part Two: Economic Profile and Analysis Five: The Regional Economic Context: An Examination of Counties Containing Tribal Lands Six: A Profile of Economic Conditions on Tribal Lands Part Three: Housing and Mortgage Profile and Analysis Seven: Characteristics of Native American Housing in Indian Country Eight: Tribal Area Mortgage Profile Nine: The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program in Tribal Areas Part Four: Tribal and Case Study Perspective Ten: A Tribal Perspective on Housing and Economic Conditions, Constraints, and Opportunities in Indian Country: A Synthesis of the Focus Group and Telephone Interviews Eleven: Challenges to and Strategies for Economic Development in Indian Country: Case Study of the Navajo Nation Twelve: Challenges to and Strategies for Housing Development (Homeownership) in Indian Country: Case Study of the Navajo Nation.


    Robin Leichenko