Architecture and Planning ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2017


The conceptual framework of Indigenous placemaking is defined as a fundamental and complex approach to the processes of the Indigenous planning paradigm. To identify placemaking is to acknowledge and recognize Indigenous place-based knowledge as essential planning tools when working with Indigenous communities. Colonization and western acculturization adjudicated the divestment of Indigenous languages and cultures through western policies and Indian school education. Today, Indigenous worldviews are tainted with extreme levels of sociocultural disparities. The implementation of Indigenous planning processes establishes an understanding to Indigenous community-building through shared knowledge and collaboration. The concepts of placemaking thus enables and empowers Indigenous communities to regenerate Indigenous knowledge production that is vital to the subsistence and continuation of language, culture, songs and prayers for future generations.



Document Type


Degree Name

Community and Regional Planning

Level of Degree


Department Name

School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Laura Harjo

Second Committee Member

Theodore Jojola

Third Committee Member

Rodney Moises Gonzales


Indigenous planning, Indigenous placemaking, Seven-Generations