Wednesday, April 18 • 8:40am - 9:10am
Northern Cheyenne Tribal Ecoregional Ethnographic GIS Assessment

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In 2010 the BLM launched seven Rapid Ecological Assessments (REAs) to improve the understanding of the existing condition of major western landscapes, and how conditions may be altered by ongoing environmental changes and land use demands. Ethnotech LLC and Geodata Services, Inc. were awarded a contract in 2017 to develop a GIS system to allow the Northern Cheyenne Cultural Council, Tribal Historic Preservation Office and tribal elders to gather and protect ethnographic data and knowledge on plants, animals, and soils important for cultural purposes within a five state ecoregion. Data was gathered and aggregated from state heritage programs, federal and state agencies, universities and regional herbariums, and internal tribal sources. An indexing system was developed to protect access and use of the data by appropriate authorized tribal departments and by gender roles within the tribe. Online web query tools were developed to allow generalized search of potential developments such as timber sales, oil and gas exploration by watershed and facilitate tribal responses for sensitive cultural information.


Ken Wall

Thirty years of GIS experience in GIS, beginning at the University of Montana in 1986 and founding Geodata Services, Inc. in 1993. Geodata Services has been a business partner with ESRI for 20 years, and is the region’s only ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner. Mr. Wall served as a... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Lewis Room