Money that is attributed to indigenous community projects can be very limited because sufficient resources are not always allocated to develop the project to its full intent. A very limited budget can only go so far. Educating clients openly on the reality of project costs helps ensure correct budgeting and planning when it comes to funding.
Many indigenous communities are located in rural or very isolated areas. This can often lead to an increase in project costs because of the lack of available resources such as manpower or materials. Knowing the different variables associated with location upfront allows time and consideration to plan for a successful project.
The physical environments of indigenous communities tend to be harsher than an established metropolis or city might be. When rural communities are involved, the environment takes over as a very important factor. If a building is not designed with environmental factors in mind, it might not perform well in the future against winds, rain, heat, cold, etc. A great deal of thought has to go into how the facility or the construction of the buildings is going to stand up over time in local climatic conditions.
Navajo Nation Justice Center Charrette
9. DECISION MAKING
Different committees exist within indigenous communities. This makes coming to a general consensus for different decisions difficult at times. There are times when several voices want to take the project in different directions which can make it hard to make decisions in a timely manner. Defining and establishing clear and obtainable goals helps to speed up the decision making process and encourages a consensus among those involved with the project.
10. OUTSIDE MARKET INFILTRATION
Recent trends are showing indigenous communities are becoming desirable for companies in search of new markets. However, many of these companies have never worked on the reservations or within indigenous lands. Indigenous communities often become frustrated because they have new companies who infiltrate their market and don’t understand how to work with them.