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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

Aboriginal Mapping Network (Suite 202 1226 Hamilton Street Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 2S8 Phone: (604) 682-4141 Fax: (604) 682-1944 E-mail: "The Aboriginal Mapping Network Web site is a collection of resource pages to help share information throughout the aboriginal mapping community. It has a British Columbia focus, but is not limited to this geographic region." check out their MAPS page, their LINKS, their Mapping Showcase, discusses what Bioregional Mapping is and where it came from.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians e96 (219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, GIS Contact: Beth Wenstrom) "With the establishment of the Reservation in 1876, Agua Caliente now covers 32,000 acres across various desert townships and spans a complex mix of Tribal tracts and Indian allotments...GIS/GPS technology has become an important tool in managing, regulating, developing and protecting Tribal Resources.

Alaska Sea Otter Commission, Ak, e98 . (P.O. Box 83177, 505 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 217 Anchorage, AK 99503 tel:907) 274-9799, or 1-800-474-4362 . GIS Contact: Lianna Jack ) . "We are a statewide tribal consortium and considering creating a GIS of our biosampling data...TASSC began using GIS with a grant on ArcView 3.1 from ESRI's Environmental Conservation Program (ECP), September, 1998. Since then, it has successfully mapped: -Sample source and biosampler location from the Sea Otter Biosampling Program, -Small boat survey data, -Steller sea lion rookery and haulout locations, -Supporting organizations, and -Southeast local knowledge survey results....The Southeast Marine Mammal Commission, under contract with TASSC, is conducting a local knowledge sea otter distribution survey for Southeast Alaska. TASSC was asked to place the preliminary results in ArcView. Using a thematically mapped paper map as a guide, the different data points were assigned latitude/longitude locations in a Paradox database. The database was exported and brought into ArcView, where it was thematically mapped. Because the Southeast sea otter population was decimated many years ago, otters from other areas were transplanted. These areas and the varying number of transplanted otters were indicated on the final map layout. Also produced was a map showing the different survey areas for the Sitka Marine Mammal Commission....ArcView has been proven to be of great utility for TASSC. It's capabilities have provided new methods of working with data and information. New project ideas include: carcass surveys, MTRP harvest data, male/female areas, fishery interactions for sea otters and Steller sea lions, and marine mammal stranding events. The possibilities inherent in GIS have paved the way for new projects and offer an excellent method of communicating information. "

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Canada e97 ." One of ten Algonquin communities inhabiting the Ottawa River watershed along the border between the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. ..."By the late 1980's the combined effect of clear-cut logging, fluctuating water levels from the Reservoir operations and the depletion of fish and game by sports users caused the Algonquins of Barriere Lake to organize a peaceful campaign of protests and blockades against logging. The governments of Canada and Quebec responded by agreeing to sign the Trilateral Agreement which gives the Algonquins a decisive voice in resource management decisions within their traditional territory." GIS has been used to support the The Indigenous Knowledge Programme and generate a wide series of cultural and resources maps. see The Barriere Lake Trilateral Agreement by Claudia Notzke, University of Lethbridge.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (5661 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO 80301-2339 (303) 939-0023 phone (303) 939-8150 fax "Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES also trains teachers to work effectively with Native students and develops culturally appropriate curricula and publications. AISES builds partnerships with tribes, schools, other non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations and government agencies to realize its goals. "

Arctic Slope Native Association, Ltd., Ak c98 c99 . (P. O. Box 1232, Barrow, AK 99723-1232 tel:907-852-2762 fax:907-852-2763 GIS Contact: Isabel Franco, or Kathleen Dickinson, Land Director, 600 Third St., Suite 200 Fairbanks, AK 99701-3569 fax:907-457-2752 . alternate url) "The Arctic Slope Native Association, Ltd., (ASNA) was formed in 1964 by the Eskimo leaders of Barrow in order to have a voice in the settlement of land issues in the State of Alaska. It was active in this mission until 1972 at which time the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope was formed. ASNA was dormant as an organization until 1991 when it was re-activated due to demands by the Inupiat people for self-determination. ASNA is a non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) organization and our main mission is to provide self-determination for the Inupiat people of the Arctic Slope in all aspects of their lives....There is a lot of oil exploration activity on the North Slope and it is on the increase with the potential opening of NPRA. If this happens it will have a tremendous impact, economically and culturally, on the residents. Of particular concern is the potential disruption of species migration patterns, damage to the resources, reduced or denied access to subsistence resources and contamination of their land. We will track the activities of the oil companies and their impact on the subsistence lifestyle of the residents of the north slope and take the needed action to address such impacts. Various federal and state agencies are tasked with monitoring resources, but past experience has shown them to be rather ineffective at it. Likewise, the NSB has oversight of activities within this large borough but being a large bureaucracy and the heads of it being politically motivated, they often fall short of their mission. It is our goal to use our GIS system to educate our clients to effectively manage their Native lands and the natural resources in and around them. We are at the grass roots level, that is, our contact is with the individuals living on and using the land and as such we hear their concerns and can advocate on their behalf. We have informal "town meetings" in their villages several times a year, at which all sorts of issues are brought up and discussed. " GIS STATUS: "This grant has been very beneficial to my program, as a result of the equipment, software and training I am now able to generate maps showing the land ownership of various areas as they relate to geographic features. When we receive more habitat and subsistence data we will be able to use that data in monitoring the resources and the potential impacts of various activities occurring on the north slope. For example, our Natural Resources department is working on a project to evaluate the environmental concerns and risks related to the Manning Point and Kaktovik Lagoon drum caches, which are on former military sites. The scope of work for our project will be the collection and review of subsistence harvesting data, the actual contaminated sites and drum disposal area are being identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We will be incorporating the Corps data along with our data to ascertain possible contamination of the subsistence resources near these sites."

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Odana WI e95 . (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, P.O. Box 39, Odanah, WI 54861 Tel. 715/682-7111 Fax 715/682-7118 Alternate URL ) "The Bad River Chippewa Indian reservation expands over 123,000 acres and is the largest of the Chippewa reservations in Wisconsin. There are over 17 miles of Lake Superior shoreline and more than 100 miles of inland rivers and streams...The Kakagon and Bad River sloughs, 16,000 acres of high-quality Lake Superior wetlands, have been called Wisconsin's Everglades. It is from these sloughs that past generations of Chippewa have been able to sustain life through the harvesting of wild rice. "

Berkeley/Borneo Project, Berkeley CA e95 .(The Borneo Project of Earth Island Institute 1916 A Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley, CA 94702 USA Telephone: (510)705-8987 FAX: (510)705-8988 E-mail: ) "The Borneo Project is a volunteer based non-profit organization using citizen diplomacy, outreach, direct assistance and cultural exchange to further indigenous rights and promote rainforest preservation in Borneo. ...Community-based Mapping: (A Community-based Mapping Workshop, Baram Region, Sararak) Maps are a powerful way to document traditional land claims. They can be used for both community resource planning and as evidence in legal disputes over land rights. As Jefferson Fox of the East West Center explains, "Maps are the most effective, legitimate and convincing means available to villagers for demonstrating to outsiders that they manage their natural resources and hence for proving land claims to their customary lands." The Borneo Project has been working with the Uma Bawang Resident's Association and Sabat Alam Malaysia (SAM or Friends of the Earth Malaysia) training indigenous communities how to survey and map their own lands. In mid 1995, we conducted a ten day workshop with the people of Uma Bawang and four other communities. We are now assisting the workshop participants as they teach other indigenous communities in Borneo how to survey, make and use maps as a tool to gain legal recognition of customary-held land.

Blackfeet Indian Nation (Agency Square, P.O. Box 850, Browning, MT, 59417, Tel (406)-338-3560, Fax: (406)338-7530 email:, GIS Department Director, Don Wilson) "The Blackfeet Tribe is made up of approximately 14,700 enrolled members. The population of the reservation is approximately 9,000, which consists of 7,500 enrolled members and 1,500 non-members....The reservation is made up of 1.5 million acres and is located in the northwestern part of Montana" Blackfeet Environmental Program . "The Blackfeet GIS Department provides a GIS to all Natural Resource Departments and other requesting departments of the Blackfeet Tribe. We are currently working with ArcInfo and ArcView, as well as Trimble GPS products. "

California Indian Basketweavers Association CA e97 (P.O. Box 2397, Nevada City, CA 95959 Phone: (530) 478-5660 fax: (530) 478-5662 . GIS Contact: Steve Nicola "On public lands, CIBA has been active in trying to end the use of pesticides on national forests, which have resumed their use after a moratorium of several years. While some national forests choose not to use herbicides, others such as the Stanislaus, Eldorado and Sierra National Forests are carrying out plans to spray many thousands of acres. On tribal lands, the Hoopa Tribe banned pesticide use on the Hoopa Reservation in 1978. " GIS project: "To geographically depict data on locations of use of pesticides in California. For the last two years we have employed the serivices of a contractor to develop a database containing information on the locations of use of pesticides in northwestern California (Klamath River Watershed)...Maps, reports, graphs, and charts produced will aid our efforts to inform our constituents (California Indian basketweavers) where there may be at risk from pesticide exposure while gathering plants from forests and roadsides. We will also use the maps and other output to educate the public and policy makers as we seek to end pesticide use in the environment of California Indians. "

Cherokee Nation, Talequah OK e94 . ( P. O. Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465, tel:918-456-0671 email: ) "The mission of the government of the Cherokee Nation is to promote and sustain the self-reliance of its members...The mission of the Community Development Division is to administer housing, roads, water, sanitation and other environmentally related programs while maintaining cultural sensitivity in services delivery and promoting pride and responsibility of individual tribal members." nice LINKS PAGE . local maps .

Chippewa Cree Tribe, Box Elder MT e95. (Chippewa Cree Tribal Council - RR 1, Box 544 - Box Elder, MT 59521, Phone: (406) 395-4282, Fax: (406) 395-4497, Computer staff: Don Wetzel Jr. "The Rocky Boy Reservation is home to the Chippewa Cree tribe. The Reservation is located in north central Montana in the Bear Paw Mountains." their MAPS page is a page of links to tribal maps of the area and the state.


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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