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Tammy Eagle Bull

Cultural Expression in Contemporary Indigenous Design and Tribal Sovereignty

The spirit of sovereignty calls for Native American design professionals to take the lead in defining the built environment of tribal communities. An executive board member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE) will discuss the issues facing tribal communities in America and how Native designers are working to improve them. See the unique work and processes used by Native Architects and designers through a discussion of history, issues and solutions.

This seminar will showcase contemporary American Indigenous design projects that demonstrate the many ways these projects express Native American cultures. Examples will illustrate talented and highly qualified Native American design professionals from the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE). It will also include an introduction to the AICAE organization and highlight the capabilities of its members and firms.


Tammy is the co-founder of Encompass Architects, p.c., a national firm headquartered in Lincoln, NE. She is a licensed architect with 30 years of architectural design and project management experience. She is currently licensed in 11 states and is recognized as the first Native American woman to be licensed in the United States. She is the 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr Award Recipient from the American Institute of Architects. This award recognizes an architect whose work embodies social responsibility.

Tammy is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Her family is from Pine Ridge, SD

Desna Whaanga-Schollum