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Native American Tribal Governments


Create a more sustainable community for generations to come with GIS

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Supporting Native American decision-making


Native American policy makers, administrators, scientists, and instructors can use geographic information system (GIS) technology to make their tribal organizations more efficient and effective. GIS helps leaders find solutions to issues related to tribal lands and in tribal programs on a local, regional, and national level.

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Many federally recognized tribes have access to ArcGIS software and can leverage GIS tools to create positive impacts in their communities. Tribal staff can use GIS and the spatial perspective to improve communication, decision-making, and efficiency in their organizations.

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As some of the earliest adopters of GIS technology, Native American tribal governments have used GIS to support thousands of programs and initiatives.


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Using GIS to support tribal communities

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Managing resources and protecting the earth

By embracing GIS technology, a tribe can conduct a detailed inventory of current natural resources and incorporate ecological knowledge. Capturing data from the past and recording it in the present supports future sustainability.

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Managing transportation and infrastructure

From managing road inventory, construction, and maintenance to permitting, planning, and routing, GIS helps tribes provide a safe and adequate roadway system while saving money and contributing to the health, safety, and economic well-being of their communities.

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Preserving tribal culture and history

With the rise of modernization, GIS helps to preserve and raise awareness about cultural resources, traditional place-names, culturally significant locations, and cultural identity.

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Nurturing economic development on tribal land

The strategic plan and policies that support economic growth, job creation, and place branding require location analysis with GIS technology. GIS provides insight, highlights opportunities, identifies deficiencies, and fosters collaboration to ensure that an organization becomes more innovative and sustainable.

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Creating healthy and safe communities

Tribal leaders can use ArcGIS to design and communicate effective health policies and preventative healthcare initiatives for tribal communities.

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