Setting Priorities

The list of possible technical and institutional options is likely to be large — larger than what can be effectively implemented by the tribe. As the options are initially identified, then become further refined, it is important to evaluate those emerging options against the tribe's priorities. Asking the following questions will help further bound the problem:

  • What are the job creation benefits?

  • What are the economic benefits?

  • What are the environmental or cultural impacts?

  • Are there particular funding opportunities that impact the priorities?

  • What are the institutional development requirements? Is one institutional approach more likely to succeed than another?

  • Are there case studies or examples that have been implemented by other tribes?

  • What external support is available?

These questions and others will help move the strategic planning process from a strictly technical evaluation, to a more holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing your tribe.