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Monday, July 24, 2023 – Urban design for Native residents

As much as Native Americans are associated with tribal lands in the U.S., the vast majority of tribal citizens live in urban areas off their reservations. In a few selected cities, Native Americans are among the largest minority groups. Still, cities often lag in design considerations that reflect and respond to cultural and socioeconomic touch points that attract and reinforce Native urban residents. A number of Native planners, designers, and architects are pushing to create new buildings and spaces with Native residents’ needs in mind.


Dr. Ted Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), founder and director of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute at the University of New Mexico

Sam Olbekson (White Earth Nation Ojibwe), CEO of Full Circle Indigenous Planning + Design

Wanda Dalla Costa (Saddle Lake First Nation), Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc.