Tribal Community Development Projects in the Great Lakes Regions
PI: Proctor, E. (Michigan State University)
Co-PIs: Newman (University of Minnesota), Gauthier, B. (University of Wisconsin)
There are 33 federally recognize tribes in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The native population of these states is over 177,000. Based on federal trust responsibilities the Cooperative Extension services of all three states have a responsibility to build relationships and partnerships with the tribal communities that we serve. Community development has been the responsibility of planners and politicians. But in many communities there is a deep desire for more grass roots involvement in the community development process. How can Extension, do a better job in working with their Native communities and as concerned citizen’s involve the population in a more meaningful and creative way? This initiative will provide three levels of training on community development; analysis, planning, and implementation. Along with an in-depth study on what Community Development is and isn’t about.