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1 GIS For Indian Country Applications and Resources with focus on land and environmental

2 Introduction

3 Garet Couch, GISP Business Manager for Wind Environmental Services, LLC Certified GIS Professional, ESRI Authorized ArcGIS Instructor 2008 ESRI Business Partner of the Year Wind Environmental Services is 100% Native American Owned and Operated Co Founder NTGISC ( National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center Non Profit organization dedicated to supporting GIS Tribal Communities.

4 Geographic Information Systems
GIS Geographic Information Systems

5 What is GIS ? Geographic Information Systems Resulting in
Organizes information by its location An integral component of most business data Resulting in Improved communications Enhanced decision making

6 What is Geographic Data?
Subjective abstraction of real-world features (Points, Lines, Polygons) Portrays spatial relationships Buildings Topography Road Centerlines Service Areas Utility Services

7 GIS links geography and attributes
Each feature corresponds to a record in the table +1 +2 +3 +4 Geographic Data Geographic Link Attribute Data (Map) (GIS Brings Them Together) (Database / File Cabinet) FID = 4103 (Feature Identifier)

8 GIS Results Display Query Analysis Geography Attributes Results !
Roads are black lines Customers are red points Census blocks are polygons Display Query Analysis Where are more customers like my best customers? How many potential customers are within 5 miles of my store?

9 Visualization Communicating Complex Information To The Community

10 Spatial Analysis & Modeling More Than Visualization…
Analyzing Relationships, Patterns, Processes Interpreting Situations . . . . . . Helping Understand Complex Situations . . .And Make Decisions

11 How Does This Apply To Tribal Government
Better Decisions Ability To Visualize Information To Make Better Decisions Allows For Better Management Of Information Provides A Better Way To Keep Community Members Informed

12 GIS Evolution Within Tribal Government
Enterprise Central Managed Database Roads Utilities Departmental (Centralized data or applications) Departmental (Centralized data or applications) Planning Environmental Water Rights Police Desktop (Stand Alone, Point to Point) Loosely Coupled Dynamic Integrated Department Systems File Server Stable Well Managed Controlled Workflows Project Specific

13 Tribal Enterprise GIS Framework
Provides a Framework for Integrating GIS Across the Tribe Community Development Transportation Health Natural Resources GIS Infrastructure Finance Planning Cultural Sharing Tribal Geographic Knowledge Tribal Council

14 Where Does The Data Come From?
Existing Databases and Records Access Databases Excel Spreadsheets Existing Management Applications And Many More…. Existing Paper Maps Modifying Existing Tasks Adding Requirements To Include GIS Data Adding Deliverables To Existing Work Collecting and Updating Data In The Field Using GPS Equipment Web Based Applications And Many More…

15 Examples of Environmental & Land Management Applications Using GIS
Land almost speaks for its self.. Mapping Tribal Lands (Trust Restricted and Fee) Land use mapping And Many more… Environmental Mapping and tracking water, air, and other sample sites Mapping UST & LUST locations Mapping dump sites And Many More… Keep in Mind GIS is an Information System – Its More than just a map..

16 Spatial Analysis & Modeling More Than Visualization…
Analyzing Relationships, Patterns, Processes Interpreting Situations . . . . . . Helping Understand Complex Situations . . .And Make Decisions

17 Things to consider when Collecting Assets in the field
What information do you need to collect Who will be collecting your data How quickly do you need to complete the project What accuracy does the data need to be collected at The Answers to these questions will determine your best approach to the project

18 Defining the workflow for collecting assets
Define the attributes you need to collect for each type of asset Planning is the key Involve everyone who will be using the information The most costly part of the project is the time it takes to collect the data Create your database in ArcGIS Set up your layers (feature classes) Create your domains in ArcGIS or your data dictionaries for field collection Collect additional background data as needed

19 GIS is a big tool for Indian Country
Integrating GIS into tribal government makes for a better informed government that can make actionable decisions based on real world data Database GIS

20 Integrating Geo-Tagged Photos Into Your GIS Using
Wind Image Software

21 Key Benefits Of Incorporating Geo-Tagged Photos
In ArcGIS Using Wind Image Software Fast And Easy Configuration Of Equipment To Send To The Field Ability To Quickly Deploy And Train Staff Fast Processing Of Photos Giving The Ability To Rapidly Review Information And Make Decisions Easy To Distribute Information Between Multiple Agencies

22 Image is inserted into a raster field in the feature-class in the geo-database


24 GIS Resources For Indian Country

25 BIA - OTS Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Trust Services
Contact for Esri ELA Agreement National GIS Help Desk More to come…

26 NTGISC The National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center
The web site TribalGIS.COM is run by the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center (NTGISC) The NTGISC organization is a nonprofit organization that was organized in 2008 NTGISC currently has members from over 125 tribes throughout the US NTGISC is an organization for Tribal Personnel, tribal members, faculty and students of tribal colleges/universities and supporting organizations to share professional forward thinking views, progressive knowledge and continuous education within a community of active GIS users serving Tribal Communities.

27 What do we do at NTGISC Facilitate the national Tribal GIS Conference
Maintain a national Tribal GIS list server to communicate information between Tribes Assist in communication between NTGISC members and partner organizations and federal agencies on issues relating to GIS Provide recommendations or connect Tribes to resources relating to GIS Assist in organizing regional Tribal GIS meetings Develop working relationships with other Tribal organizations to be their resource regarding GIS technology

28 Tribal / BIA Equipment Programs
IHS & EPA Tribal Programs Facilitated through Wind Environmental Services. Wind is the contact for Tribes, BIA and IHS nation wide. Extended discounts to Tribes BIA and IHS allowing for the purchase through Wind Environmental at discounted rates. Typically between 10 and 25% less than GSA rates (20 to 35% off Total) In addition to the discount by procuring equipment through Wind Environmental it also supports the support activities Wind Environmental provides to Tribes BIA and IHS. Additionally this supports the TERO and Buy Indian Act programs as Wind Environmental is a Native American Owned Business.

29 Wind Environmental Services Tribal / BIA Secure Portal

30 What Is In The Secure Portal ?
Video Training Library Support Request Site / Knowledgebase Online Store Reflecting Tribal Rates

31 In Closing Everything Within The Tribe Relates A Location
Transportation, Realty, Natural Resources, People, Economic Development All Of These Things Can Benefit From GIS

32 Questions ?

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