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We will be adding IMN members to this map. Stay tune!

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Webinar “CUNY Mapping Services: GIS Experiences to Share” and the Census Hard to Count by Steve Romalewski

Cartography - Maps

On Wednesday, March 31st, from 2 -3p Eastern Time (US & Canada – 1-2p CST, 12-1p MST, 11-12p PST) Indigenous Mapping Network is delighted to have Steven Romalewski, director of the CUNY Mapping Services at the Center for Urban Research, sponsor a webinar for us entitled “CUNY Mapping Services: GIS Experiences to Share” In particular, he will be covering the creation of and review the tribal components within the Census Hard to Count Maps project. Participation is limited.

Please REGISTER Now!

Steven will be talking about:

1. His background in mapping
2. Introduction to the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York
3. Development of The Census Hard to Count Map: http://www.CensusHardToCountMaps.org
4. The process of creating the maps using various geospatial tools: ESRI, Google Maps
5. Lessons learned: a few of the visualization and mapping issues with how they were solved
6. What and how to navigate around the map, how to query tribal information, what is and how to use the information provided
7. Will field questions about nuts and bolts behind managing such a dynamic mapping project

Overview of the mapping site that can be downloaded

The National Congress of the American Indian (NCAI) has an Indian Country Counts campaign to help ensure all tribal citizens are counted during the US Census 2010. Census 2010 started with mailed forms this month that are to be completed and returned by April 1st. Census takers will visit those households that didn’t mail in the completed form through July. Please review the beautiful website by clicking on the image or go directly to it. The site includes a U.S. map showing Census regions, and identifies who are the direct tribal contacts for that particular area, additional news and forthcoming events. Some regions have embedded videos created by different tribes.

NCAI’s Census campaign includes several webinars. One such webinar was hosted by NCAI on Friday, March 19th. It featured Steven talking about “Mapping Hard to Count Communities”. The talk, according to the site, was aimed at “tribal leaders and community members training on how to use a helpful tool” of which his office has helped create, the Census Hard to Count Map, “to map the ‘hard to count’ population for states, metropolitan areas, counties, and neighborhoods (census tracts). The maps can help tribal governments, census advocates, and grassroots organizations target outreach efforts for the 2010 Census and customize messages to communities at risk of being under-counted.”

The Google Map was developed by the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, supported by a grant from the Hagedorn Foundation and coordinated by the Funders Census Initiative. During the webinar, Steven informed the listeners that the map will be updated on a daily basis during the census, to reflect completed census forms in Indian Country and elsewhere. “An accurate count of Native people is critical to the next decade of policy-making and resources for Indian Country.” NCAI’s Indian Country Counts campaign is providing two more webinars to help ensure all tribal citizens are counted. RSVP totdeal@ncai.org if you would like to participate in any of the additional webinars presented on their website. Please visit Indian Country Counts for more information or email Amber Ebarb at aebarb@ncai.org .  Archived webinars are available on their site including a recording of Steven Romalewski’s talk.

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The 1994 USDA Tribal Scholars Application and Handbook

A full-ride scholarship offered by the USDA to Native students in any field of study pursuing a Bachelors degree. They will help transfer to a master’s program as well, any school, any field of study.

The 1994 USDA Tribal Scholars Application (here) and Hand Book (here). If interested in applying, please mail Velma Real Bird, Velma.RealBird AT ascr.usda.gov , the first eight (8) pages of the application, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The application will be due in February 2010. The Hand Book is for your reference regarding the 1994 Tribal Scholars Program.
Forward From: VELMA REAL BIRD, USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1994 Program, Tribal College Liaison, Office: 406-638-3194

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IMN Talking Circle

M. C. Baldwin, Navajo Nation, Facilitator, Easy Going and Respectable Single Guy

Joshua Arnold, Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, Financial Officer and Number man, Good Listener and Serious Thinker

Edith “Wook” Powaukee, Nez Perce Tribe, Secretary, Historian, Most Supportive and in it for the long haul :)

Darlene Jenkins, Navajo Nation, Cigar smoking Multi-Intelligent at work and at play

Rosemarie McKeon, Mescalero Apache / Indigenous Nicaraguan, Web Developer and Editorial rabble-rouser

Kelly Hetzler, San Carlos Apache, General overall conspirator, great idea woman:)

Laura Harjo, Muscogee Creek, Project founder, Wisest of women and solid friend

Special Recognition and Appreciation to:

Celene Elm, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, 2009 Conference Host and Planner of one of the best conferences ever – for indigenous people and mapping!

Renee Pualani Louis, Indigenous Hawaiian, Honorary Member, fabulous singer from heart
Zeb DeOs, Coquille Indian Tribe, Honorary Member, the one and only original webster

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Mission Statement

The Indigenous Mapping Network’s (IMN) mission is to empower native communities by connecting them with the tools they need to protect, preserve, and enhance their way of life within their aboriginal territories.

IMN is a conduit for native individuals and groups to meet and build relationships, and assist one another in accomplishing sovereignty goals.

IMN endeavors to bridge the gap between traditional “mapping” practices and modern mapping technologies.

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Introduction: Remote Sensing in Indian Country

Remote Sensing

Have you ever wondered how remote sensing could supplement your work?
Wondered about what other tribes are doing with this technology?
Where to get training or more information outside of vendors?

Hi, my name is Laurie Ames and I am the Remote Sensing Specialist for the Nez Perce Tribe. We are housed in the Land Services office and provide GIS and remote sensing support to various tribal departments. While I don’t usually ‘do’ the actual project, I do work closely with the project leader. I have been the Remote Sensing person here for over eight years. I’ve gained some perspective and knowledge of what is going on and how things have progressed in the area of indigenous remote sensing. Here are two examples of my work:

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The first image is a view shed for one of our proposed towers for broadband coverage of the entire reservation. The green areas mean that if you are in this area, you can get a signal from that tower.  The second map is the line of site from one tower to another. the red is not able to read the tower while the green is good, but any blockage means no signal from tower to tower.

I am certainly not the only expert out there and would love to know what others are doing as I am helping develop a community resource for Remote Sensing in Indian Country on the Indigenous Mapping Network website.

What it is that we really want to learn about?

I want to help facilitate this collaboration in any way that I can. That said, I could learn so much from you and plan to gather ideas from all the other groups out there to develop our project. Please take a moment to help identify what you’d like to see or want to contribute.

This project, an indigenous remote sensing community, is in its infancy; we seek your assistance in helping it grow. Our goal is that it can become a supplemental resource for remote sensing for Indian Country and possibly beyond. So please let us know what could help you most.  Videos that highlight projects, articles of lessons learned, a blog or a forum to share ideas and seek help? I’ve put together a short poll to find out what might work for our tribal communities.

We have also set up a specific forum to enable an online dialogue. Volunteer moderators welcome! Partners welcome! Please email me and let me know.

We also have a twitter account for catching remote sensing news as it comes in. We are looking for a Native American student as a volunteer social media intern, who can work from their home base to help manage (Indigenous Remote Sensing Community) and help develop the project. Please contact me or Rosemarie McKeon for the internship position.

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