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Indian Tribes and Native American Organizations

For more than 20 years the Center for Applied Research has established and maintained beneficial partnerships with Native American governments and communities throughout the United States. The Center has developed a unique set of services to meet specific planning, management, risk assessment, and needs of Indian tribal governments and Native American organizations.

The Centerís work on behalf of Native American clients reflects a sensitivity to and understanding of the important interplay between cultural values and economic development.

The Centerís services are designed to assist Indian tribes in identifying and quantifying risks to not only conventional, but cultural and traditional resources as well. The Center has acquired an in-depth understanding of reservation-based economies and how to strengthen tribal governments' planning capabilities.

For a full list of representative projects please visit the project database.


Products and Services

  • Economic development strategies
  • Tribal utility authority formation
  • Evaluation of economic relationships between state and local governments and Indian reservations
  • Fiscal analysis and forecasts of tribal government costs and revenue
  • Regulatory policy design
  • Population and demographic studies
  • Land valuation, rights-of-way and lease negotiation services
  • Integrated Resource Management Plans
  • Risk Assessment and Emergency Evacuation Planning
  • Cultural risk and damage assessment
  • Comprehensive land use planning
  • Renewable energy development on Indian reservations

Representative Clients

  • All Indian Pueblo Council
  • The Bishop Paiute Tribe
  • The Hopi Tribe
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
  • Round Valley Indian Tribes
  • Turtle Mountain Chippewa
  • Spirit Lake Sioux
  • Standing Rock Sioux
  • The Washoe Tribe
  • Trinidad Rancheria
  • The National Indian Policy Center
  • Americans for Indian Opportunity
  • The Jicarilla Apache Tribe
  • The National Tribal Environmental Council
  • The Eastern Shoshone Tribe
  • The Northern Arapahoe Tribe
  • The Spokane Tribe
  • The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
  • Pueblo of Acoma
  • Pueblo of Isleta
  • Pueblo of Nambe
  • Pueblo of Pojaque
  • Pueblo of San Felipe
  • Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh
  • Pueblo of San Ildefonso
  • Pueblo of Sandia
  • Pueblo of Santa Clara
  • Pueblo of Santo Domingo
  • The Navajo Nation
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Representative Projects

The New Mexico Pueblo of Isleta
Valuation and Negotiation of Ranch Land Acquisitions
An appraisal and valuation of a 200,000 acre ranch was performed by the Center as preparation for the clientís acquisition of this land. The Centerís analysis covered financing options, an appraisal of livestock, and an identification of environmental requirements that would need to be met for the land to be converted to trust land. The transaction phase of this project involved extensive negotiation over the financial terms of the sale.
The Center established the Jicarilla Apache Tribeís Electrical Energy Development Program and the Jicarilla Tribal Utility Authority. The Centerís work involved analyses of alternative tribal utility organizational structures, regulatory and jurisdictional issues, wholesale power purchases, capacity of Reservation distribution systems, possibilities for bulk power generation, and transmission access issues.
The Jicarilla Apache Tribe
Forming a Jicarilla Apache Tribal Utility Authority
New Mexico Indian Business Center
Technical Assistance for Senator Pete Domeniciís First Annual Economic Development Summit
The Center for Applied Research provided Technical Assistance for Senator Pete Domeniciís First Annual Economic Development Summit. Technical assistance workshops were developed by the Center for participants in the New Mexico Indian Economic Development Summit sponsored by Senator Pete Domenici. Workshops focused on how Indian tribes can prepare specific plans to develop business relationships with private sector interests, and how energy and natural resource management concerns can influence reservation economic development.
The Acoma Commercial Center and the Acoma Pueblo required an analysis of cultural and economic impacts at the interchange of I-40 and SP-30 in New Mexico. The Center prepared the necessary impact and traffic use studies required by the New Mexico State Department of Highways and Transportation, and consulted extensively with the Pueblo.
The New Mexico Pueblo of Acoma
Traffic Impact Analysis of a State Highway Interchange
Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes
Tribal Ownership of a Bureau of Reclamation Hydroelectric Facility
The economic and socio-cultural impacts that would result on the Wind River Reservation if the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes assumed ownership of a Bureau of Reclamation hydroelectric facility were the subjects of this study.
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