This year's conference boasts over 50 tribal and rural planning experts. Tribal Planning and Indigenous Interest Group of APA has teamed with the WPR on the theme of tribal,  rural and small town planning and the relationship to local, regional, state and federal planning.  NOTE: All sessions are continuing maintenance (CM) credits for AICP.

Keynote Speakers Kicking Off the Conference

Ms. Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce


Ms. Bobbi-Jo Meuleman is the Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, leading economic development efforts for the Gem State, and fostering ways of assisting communities, citizens, businesses, and visitors. Bobbi-Jo originally joined Idaho Commerce as the Chief Operating Officer in June 2016 as the right-hand to the Director where she was instrumental in legislative efforts during the 2017 session, and managing department staff and operations. Bobbi-Jo’s government career began in Washington, D.C. working for Congressman Rehberg (R-MT) and Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). From 2009 to 2016, Bobbi-Jo had the great privilege of serving in the Office of Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, most recently as his Deputy Chief of Staff. Bobbi-Jo received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana in Political Science with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She sits on the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance Board, Idaho Invasive Species Council, Workforce Development Council, STEM Action Center Board, LINE Commission 3.0, Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council, and is the Public Policy Chair for the Idaho Economic Development Association (IEDA). In 2017, Bobbi-Jo was an Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 honoree. 

Ms. Tammie Poitra, Deputy Regional Director, Trust Services, BIA – Midwest Regional  Office


Ms. Tammie Poitra is the Deputy Regional Director, Trust Services for the BIA – Midwest Regional  Office. The Regional Director is the Region's Senior Official with delegated authority from the Secretary and/or Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in upholding and maintaining the government-to-government relationship with tribes and fulfilling the Federal trust responsibilities.  The BIA Midwest Region provides funding and support to 36 federally recognized Indian tribes located in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. Tribes in the Midwest Region encompass approximately 62 million acres, including treaty-ceded territories, representing millions of acres of forests, lakes, streams and wetlands. The Region's tribes have sustained various programs that continue to support their self-determination, cultural, political and subsistence needs including such programs as fisheries and wildlife management, wild rice, wetlands, and waterfowl restoration. As a result of the Tribes' collective efforts with the states, other federal agencies, various universities and private land-owners, these programs have served as national models for collaborative, landscape-scale work.

Conference Tracks and Related Topics:   

1 – Collaboration and Planning Best Practices and Case Studies  

  • Best Practices for Collaborating with Tribes in Your Region  
  • Best Planning Practices on Tribal Lands and Rural Communities    

2 – Self‐Reliance and Economic Resiliency    

  • Comprehensive Planning and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Economic Development and Tourism On and Off Tribal Lands
  • Rural Planning for Small Communities and Regions   

3 – Culturally Relevant and Sustainable Infrastructure Development  

  • Environmental Challenges to Planned Unit Development
  • Infrastructural Development for Planned Projects: Roads, Water, Sewer and Utilities
  • Multijurisdictional Transportation Planning for Effective, Efficient and Cost‐Conscious Regional  Solutions
  • Tribal Transportation Program, Transportation Investment Programs, and Financing   

4 – Understanding and Leveraging “the Federal”: Indian Law, Lands and Data

  • Federal Indian Law: Power to Plan, How They Differ from Local and State Governments
  • Census 2020: Demographic and Economic Statistical Analysis
  • Federal Lands: Planning and Consultation
Paul Moberly