Geographic information system (or GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.
The Tribe currently owns more than 10,000 acres and GIS is used to help manage these lands.
The GIS Program is located within the Natural Resources Department and provides mapping and analysis services to all Tribal departments.
A GIS lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.
Data in many different forms can be entered into GIS. Data that are already in map form can be included in GIS. This includes such information as the location of rivers and roads, mountains and valleys. Digital, or computerized, data can also be entered into GIS. An example of this kind of information is data collected by satellites that show land use—the location of farms, towns, or forests. GIS can also include data in table form, such as population information. All GIS data has a spatial reference, that is, the data knows its location on the earth’s surface. That characteristic allows the GIS software to display and correctly align multiple “layers” of data, one on top of another, for the same area of land.
GIS is used in a widely throughout the Tribe. Tracking current land ownership and trust status, mapping archaeology sites, analyzing lands for timber harvesting, providing analysis for potential lands for purchase, mapping fish and wildlife habitat, address geocoding, GPS data conversion, web and mobile mapping applications and database development are just some of the tasks the GIS program undertakes.
For more information or if you have questions about the GIS program, please contact:
Brian Mladenich, GIS Operations Manager – 541.677.5575