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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)
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, WA e95. ( P.O. Box 150 Nespelem, Washington 99155 Phone (800) 506-9434 Fax (509) 634-2864 E-mail: email@example.com . alternate url) "The 1.3 million acre (2,100 square miles) Colville Indian Reservation is located in the North Central section of Washington state... Although we have faced adversity time and time again, 125 years after our confinement to the Colville Indian Reservation, we are prevailing. We have recently developed an holistic approach to managing the diverse resources of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation including our Colville Indian people and the rich array of natural resources found on the reservation. Colville Tribal Holistic Management represents a blend of our cultural heritage and traditional ways with modern administrative practices that are helping us become a self-sustaining sovereign nation. " Don't Miss: Ecology of Colville Reservation Lakes . a partnership project with Washington State University ( Edmond Broch at:firstname.lastname@example.org) "This page was created to make ecological information on lakes of the Colville Reservation easily accessable and understandable to resource managers, fish and wildlife biologists, lake ecologists, and to those interested in lakes as beautiful and exciting environments.. " It includes a fish database, and lakes indes. Don't miss their MAP of the reservation lands and resource management units .
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo MT e95. ( Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Box 278, 53253 Highway 93 W. Pablo, Montana 59855 (406) 883-5344 - FAX (406) 675-0260 email: email@example.com GIS Contact: Dave Delsordo, GIS Analyst, Forestry Department email:firstname.lastname@example.org) "Covering almost 620,000 acres of western most Montana, near the border with Idaho's panhandle lies the Flathead Reservation. This land is home two two separate tribes that function as a single unit. This is the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as they are officially named." The Peoples Center handles reservation museum and tours (mailto:email@example.com). the Salish Kootenai College sponsors an actively growing GIS program and teaches GIS in its environmental science department.
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton OR e95 (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation PO Box 638 Pendleton, Oregon 97801, Phone: (541) 276-3165, FAX: (541) 276-3095) email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) "Once numbering over 8,000 strong (prior to European contact), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ( CTUIR) now have 1,900 enrolled members, of which two-thirds live on or near the Umatilla Reservation. Located just outside of Pendleton, Oregon, the reservation is also home to another 1000 Indians from other tribes such as the Yakama, Warm Springs and Nez Perce, as well as to nearly 1700 non-Indians. "Waykaanashmíyay Nisháycht ("Home for the Salmon") is a non-profit educational campaign launched in May 1998 to establish a grassroots network of individuals, communities, and organizations whose mission is to restore natural salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin. Our aim is to restore salmon by reviving rivers--linking our traditional respect for the circle of life with the scientific recognition that salmon need healthy ecosystems in order to thrive. The effort is being led by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), which is based near Pendleton, Oregon." Also see: The Umatilla River Fisheries Restoration Program . Non-Indians and Indians fish for salmon in Umatilla River . Tribes win victory in salmon recovery battle
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, OR e93 . (1233 Veteran Street, P.O. Box C, Warm Springs, OR 97761 tel:541-553-1161 Fax:541-553-1924 GIS Contact: Eric Brandt) "Warm Springs is an Indian reservation that encompasses almost 1,000 square miles on the western slope of the Cascade Range. These lands are home to over 3,000 members of three tribes which form The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon." Tribal GIS PROGRAM: "In 1991, the Office of Information Systems assisted the Natural Resources branch of the Tribal in setting up a GIS Center. This system uses ArcInfo from ESRI to build and maintain a database of maps and information pertaining to locations. It is a very important tool in management of natural resource areas like agriculture, land use, forestry, fish, and game...and Integrated Resource Management Planning...The IRMP plan required a data inventory and collection effort involving development of more than 40 data layers. These layers included roads, streams, timber, species composition, wildlife habitats and other attributes. Without the GIS, the analysis needed to formulate plan alternatives in a timely way for such a large and complex area would have been extremely difficult. Preparation of associated maps and tabular reports for public review would not have been cost-effective. But perhaps most importantly, cost retreival for the GIS-based planning effort is possible because the plan is now a "living" thing, rather than a one-time-only paper study."(see article below). . see the EPA report on tribal environmental programs . Warm Springs Community page . Tribal Museum .
Council of the Haida Nation, Haida Gwaii CANADA e95 .(PO Box 589 Masset BC V0T 1M0 CANADA, Phone: (250) 626-5252 Fax: (250) 626-3403 ) Connecting Corridors, an article (with maps!) on forest fragmentation on Haida Gwaii, from Spruce Roots: a monthly journal providing perspectives and promoting discussion on issues that affect Haida Gwaii. See their article on some of their first Sattellite images: "Sattellite Views give me the Haida Gwaii Blues" . "Haida Gwaii's landscape parallels the exploitation of forests globally - it is happening everywhere. Fortunately opportunities still exist here to explore options - options that may involve examining our social connections to the land. All it takes is a walk on the Louise Dover Trail located across the road from the Sandspit harbour. A visit to this easily accessed old growth forest offers individuals an opportunity to take a long hard look at where we are going with the forests on Haida Gwaii." Also, Don't Miss their: Giving The Land A Voice - mapping our home places (Book review: Edited by Sheila Harrington Contributing authors - Doug Aberley, Michael Dunn, Malcolm Penn Published by: Salt Spring Island Community Services Society 268 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2K6 - phone 604-537-9971 - fax 604-537-9974) "This book assists individuals and community groups to map the habitats and species found on the land, in addition to the historical and current human interactions with the land. By recording and mapping, what has previously occurred and what is here now, we can adapt and develop plans for the future of both human and non-human sustainability."
Cultural Survival, MA e92 . (Cultural Survival 96 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-441-5400, Fax: 617-441-5417, E-mail: email@example.com) "Cultural Survival, founded in 1972, helps indigenous peoples and ethnic groups deal as equals in their relations with national and international societies." see their ITURI FOREST PEOPLES FUND and MAASAI ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE COALITION . See also: "The Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and Cultural Survival (PONSACS) at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University uses one of the few early-warning database systems existing in the world today. PONSACS is working to establish regional research sites that will focus on four approaches to conflict: computer-based, conflict event monitoring; conflict analysis through anthropology and other social science methods; mapping and land-use data gathering and analysis; and conflict management through dialogues and training." also see: Guyana Information Update from the Forest Peoples Programme "In an attempt to address the problems caused by the miners and their lack of land security, the communities organised themselves into the Upper Mazaruni District Council and sought support from the Amerindian Peoples Association, Guyana's primary Indigenous organisation. In 1994, they decided to seek legal advice and to seek funding to conduct a community-based mapping project that would map their village and 1959 District boundaries and their use of resources." Don't Miss the Culture Survival Quarterly special "Native Geomatics" issue (Winter 1994 (18.4))
Dine C.A.R.E. , Shiprock , NM e95 . Diné C.A.R.E.- Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment:, (10A Town Plaza Suite 138, Durango, CO 81301 Phone: 970 259-0199 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) . "Based on traditional Navajo values of caring for and living in harmony with the earth, we formed in 1988 to oppose toxic waste dumping on Navajo lands. Navajo grassroots environmental and traditional preservationist group. Dine CARE is a Navajo environmental organization whose main mission is the empowerment of local and traditional people to defend their natural heritage. Our purpose is to ensure the survival of the Navajo people." GIS PROGRAM and SAMPLE MAPS: "Our Sanostee project involves working with the Sanostee community developing a restoration plan on a portion of the Navajo Forest heavily utilized with little environmental mitigation. This project serves as a pilot for larger projects on the 600,000 acre Navajo Forest. Since 1991, Dine' CARE has sought to defend the forests of the Chuska Mountains and Defiance Plateau, located in the heart of the Navajo Nation along the northern Arizona-New Mexico border, from the adverse effects of over 100 years of unmitigated timber cutting." . see also their GIS and Uranium draft study . "The Navajo Nation was and still suffers from the effects of radiation exposure. From the 1940's through the 1970s, hundreds of uranium mines were opened throughout the Navajo Nation. In a patriotic fervor, uranium ore was intensively mined and resulted in Diné (Navajo) men and their families to be exposed to lethal doses of radiation without knowledge or consent...Dine' CARE proposes a project to utilize GIS or geographic information systems for identification and proving that many Navajos were adversely affected by mining and testing activities....One example might investigate kidney problems that cluster in a certain location. They might occur in area where the geology is both porous and unstable, the soil is highly erodable but not easily saturated, rainfall above 14 inches per year and groundwater not more then 30 feet. Why did kidney problems cluster in this area? Is it because the main drinking well is only 30 feet deep or are the unstable tailings piles 6,500 feet to the northeast causing problems? Add data on prevailing winds. GIS is a good way to combine mixed spatial data to investigate exposure scenarios. Is exposure through from the air (unstable tailings) or injested (contaminated water supply)? Did people in these clusters work in a certain mine? Exposure models and results can then be used to create maps, charts and graphs. With the data and analysis this project generates we will be able to demonstrate exposure models. This will assist to update RECA and provide assistance to people formerly neglected by the act."
Ecotrust Canada (Ecotrust Canada Suite 420 1122 Mainland Street Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 5L1 Phone: (604) 682-4141, Fax: (604) 682-1944 E-mail: email@example.com GIS Contact: David Carruthers) Ecotrust Canada is a private, non-profit organization developing creative and innovative approaches to conservation-based development in the coastal temperate rain forests of British Columbia. We are sharing our knowledge and data through Geographic Information Systems training programs with First Nations and other community groups. In order to reduce duplication, to avoid the inherent problems of working in isolation, and to create synergy among First Nations GIS departments, Ecotrust Canada is partnering with various First Nations communities to lay the foundation for a First Nations GIS network..."Including Local and Traditional Knowledge in the GIS Environment Many believe that the inclusion of local and traditional knowledge into the planning process is a necessary and positive step forward. Through our mapping training, we have assisted many First Nations to include local knowledge in mapping, such as using native fonts to put traditional place names on maps, and to enter data based on oral histories. In all cases, Ecotrust Canada respects the issues of sensitivity and ownership of local and traditional knowledge. "
All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997
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