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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)
Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah , WA e95 . (Quinault Indian Nation, P.O. Box 189 Taholah, WA 98587-0189 . Quinault Natural Resources Dept: tel:360/276-8211 ext. 279 ) "The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) consists of the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes: the Hoh, Quileute, Chehalis, Chinook, and the Cowlitz...Quinault Vicinity Map
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas, Bayfield, WI e95 . (P.O. Box 529 Bayfield WI 54814 Tel. 715/779-3700 Fax 715/779-3704 . alternate site )The Red Cliff Tribe descended from the Madeline Island Chippewa Tribe.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe NY e98 . (RR #1, Box 8A, Hogansburg, New York 13655 tel:518-358-2272 . Environment Division, tel:518-358-5937, or FAX 518-358-6252 . email: firstname.lastname@example.org . GIS Contact: Aimee Mitchell) "The Mohawk Territory, which started out as a tiny village, is a truly international community which is home to approximately 10,000 people" see MAP . Located in northern-most New York State and literally bisected by the United States-Canada Border, the present territory, called Akwesasne, a Mohawk word for Land Where the Partridge Drums is divided into two separate federally recognized jurisdictions, The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and one traditional governing body encompassing all of Akwesasne, the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs. GIS PROGRAM includes: the Sturgeon project, Wetlands Monitoring, Water Quality, Solid Waste, Salmon projects, and general tasks like: create reservation maps; cultural resource identification; display and track leases, land claims and land records; assess natural resource damages; and explore economic development opportunities. . Don't Miss: St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Utilizes GIS System to Improve Environmental Quality (By Lawrence Swamp). "The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division's GIS program is entering its third year. The program has collected over 200 layers of geographic data for Akwesasne, northern New York, and Canada. These data are used to display sampling site locations and results, buildings and cultural features are placed into the Marplot portion of Cameo-Aloha plume dispersal modeling software for hazardous materials spill response. A topographically correct tabletop model of the eastern portion of the reservation was created with the help of high school interns and GIS to practice hazardous materials response scenarios. The program presently uses ArcInfo 7.2.1, ArcView 3.1, and Spatial Analyst software and Trimble Global Positioning System(GPS) equipment. The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Conservation program has assisted the program by granting software and training and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Geographic Data Service center provides training and technical support. In addition, the SRMT is a member of the Intertribal GIS Council. "
Save Ward Valley, Needles , CA e95 .(107 F St. Needles, CA 92363 ph. 760/326-6267 fax 760/326-6268) "Save Ward Valley is sponsored by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. The newsletter publishes updates and information about a plan to bury nuclear waste in unlined trenches in Ward Valley, California. We also publicize events that give the public an opportunity to express their opposition to this dangerous plan. Ward Valley is only 18 miles from the Colorado River, above an untapped aquifer, in the midst of critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, and on land that is sacred to local Native American Tribes. The Colorado River provides agricultural water and drinking water for 22 million people in California, Arizona, and Mexico. see Tritium levels higher than normal at Beatty nuclear waste dump: "A map in the new report shows tritium levels in shallow soils decrease with distance from the dump, an indication contamination is migrating from its southwest corner. " See also: Ward Valley: Sacred Homeland, Critical Habitat for a Threatened Species or Nuclear Waste Dump? (by Philip M. Klasky, a writer, teacher and co-director of the Bay Area Nuclear (BAN) Waste Coalition. For more information on how you can help protect Ward Valley call (415)752-8678, or (415)868-2146. ) "Ward Valley is a wide tilting valley in the southeast corner of California's east Mojave Desert. The proposed dump site is surrounded by eight wilderness areas and in the midst of critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise (Gupherus agassizii). Nearby are the pristine golden canyons and cave paintings of the Old Woman Mountains. To the east, the foothills of the Stepladder Mountains are covered in a forest of cholla cactus. Ward Valley is home to golden eagles and red-tailed hawks, sidewinders and tortoises, song birds and coyotes, jack rabbits and kit fox. In the Spring and Fall, wildflowers carpet the ground with chicory, sunflower and dandelions. Smoke tree and screwbean mesquite line the washes and during monsoon showers, a wall of water six feet high can speed down the water courses. America's nuclear power industry, anxious to rid itself of the long-lived and highly dangerous radioactive wastes at their power plant sites, has launched a political campaign to open a national dump site at Ward Valley.....The Pipa Aha Macav, People Along the River (Mojave/Mohave) and the Nuwuvi, The People (Chemehuevi) peoples, whose traditional territory surround and include Ward Valley, have a profound and solemn relationship with the land and the natural landscape. Their Birds Songs are oral maps used to describe the location of resources in relation to seasons and landmarks in aboriginal times when successful travel was dependent upon the availability of food and water. Migratory birds described in the songs in association with a particular place indicated the best season in which to travel there. The songs tell creation stories, recount historic travels, traditional lore and cultural lessons. The Bird Songs are also used in ceremonies and special events. " . alternate site . See also: Greenaction Ward Valley Campaign .
Seneca Nation of Indians, NY e98 . () "Currently, the Seneca Nation does not have a comprehensive inventory of the above resources or the database required to effectively plan for these types of land management issues. A geographical Information Display System (GIS) will provide the Nation with the latest technology for both land and resource planning. ...Similarly, communication between reservation residents and those responsible for planning decisions can be improved through a better understanding of land use objectives and limitations. In addition, the GIS will assist the Nation in identifying available natural resources, economic development opportunities, and potential problems that may be encountered during constructive development. "
Secwepemc People (Shuswap Nation) (355 Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops, B.C. CANADA, V2H 1H1 Phone (250)828-9775/Fax (250)372-1127 e-mail:email@example.com GIS Contact: email: firstname.lastname@example.org) "a Nation of 17 bands occupying the south-central part of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. The ancestors of the Secwepemc people have lived in the interior of British Columbia for at least 10,000 years...Traditional Shuswap territory covers approximately 145,000 square kilometers (56,000 square miles). " see their Map .
Squamish Nation Canada . (Box 42 Squamish, BC V0N 3G0, Tel: 892-5166 Fax: 892-3486) see article below: GIS Implementation at the Squamish Nation
Taos Pueblo, Nm . (PO Box 1846, Taos, New Mexico, 87571 tel:(505) 751-4601 Tammie L. Mirabal, 505-776-1172 or email at email@example.com) . "Initially, the staff was introduced to GIS in the Summer of 1996. Jeff Toomey from the NNMCC Drafting Dept. taught a six week course in GIS using ArcView. ArcView is the software used to manipulate GIS and GPS data. ArcView software is a powerful, desktop GIS that allows the user to explore, visualize, query, and analyze data spatially....Tammie has been designated to undertake the responsibility of establishing a comprehensive GIS/GPS program as a tool to manage our historical database. She has made several contacts within the region and the state to assist in this development. Unfortunately, with any new technology ~ there is the need for funding. The hardware, software, and data sources needed to produce sophisticated maps are extremely expensive. We intend to continue to write proposals to include the GIS portion of building tribal capacity in the environmental field."
Tribal Environmental Law Project, Northern Plains Indian Law Center, University of North Dakota School of Law . The mission of the Tribal Environmental Law Project is to confront "environmental injustice" in Indian Country.
All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997
Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996
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