2021 Tribal Story Map Challenge

The contest is open from January 11–June 24, 2021.

Submission deadline and eligibility

June 24, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. (PDT)


The Tribal Story Map Challenge is open to all federally recognized tribes in the United States. Esri invites you to get creative and think of the compelling stories your tribe has to tell. Judges will select the best story, one from each category, to win great prizes.

Contest details

The 2021 contest has four categories you can submit your stories to: economic development, policy, transportation, and cultural preservation.


2021 Key dates and deadlines

January 11, 2021 | Contest begins

June 24, 2021 5:00 p.m. (PDT) | Contest closes

July 2, 2021 | Winners are notified

July 2021 | Winners receive prizes



  • One (1) plaque
  • One (1) certificate per team member
  • One (1) one-year, five (5) user plan for ArcGIS Online (or the equivalent in credits—a total of 2,500 credits)
  • Complimentary Esri training course not to exceed $2,500


The contest is open to members and departments in tribal governments. Each entry must make use of one of the Esri StoryMaps apps.

In this year’s contest we are introducing categories for your story submissions. Stories that you submit should fall into one of these four categories:

Economic development
Cultural preservation

Tribal organizations may submit up to four stories, one for each category. Multiple submissions for one category will not be accepted.

All contest entries must be submitted during the contest period for consideration. Completion of the entry form is required.


Judging criteria

Entries will be evaluated on effectiveness in making subject matter interesting and understandable; providing an engaging user experience; and overall design, impact, and creativity. Judges will be appointed by the sponsor. In the event of a tie, Esri staff will decide the final winner.


Official rules and terms of agreement

Interested in entering this contest? Make sure you review our official rules and terms of agreement.

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