Intended Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA)


Craig Waldron


Tadd Johnson

Committee Member

Anthony Filipovitch

Second Committee Member

Kathy Splide


The need for tribal, county, and municipal cooperation is ever more important now as political dysfunctionality, partisan gridlock, and federal and state devolution are pushing complex societal problems to be resolved at the local level. However, the desire for tribes and non-tribal local governments to cooperate can be limiting given the past historic indifferences and barriers to cooperation. This need to help tribes and municipalities form better relationships is what prompted Dr. James C. Collard (2006) to create a model for tribal and municipal cooperation. Therefore, the purpose of this dissertation is to examine Dr. Collard’s model, along with the other research that has contributed to the study of tribal and non-tribal local intergovernmental cooperation. Using a mixed-method survey approach, this dissertation revealed that the percentage of Native Americans, distance from tribal HQ to a county or city HQ, trust, and the issue of gaming were the only variables to have statistical significance in how leaders placed an importance on promoting intergovernmental cooperation. The findings also revealed that trust, respect, and interpersonal relations were the only variables to have statistical significance in achieving an intergovernmental agreement. Therefore, the findings were able to validate Dr. Collard’s (2006) Intercultural Dialogue model, as well as add to the model to enhance its effectiveness.

Berg Defense Sheet 6.7.2019.pdf (40 kB)
Signed Defense sheet

survey 1 - tribal.pdf (58 kB)
Appendix A

survey 2 - tribal.pdf (400 kB)
Appendix B








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