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A Geospatial Land of Stories

Authors: Robbyn Abbitt*, Miami University, Daryl Baldwin, Myaamia Center, Miami University, Brooke Ecklar, Miami University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: native american, tribe, gis, geospatial, education, higher education, idengenous peoples
Session Type: Paper
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In 2019 the Myaamia Center at Miami University (a tribally directed interdisciplinary research center that is central to a relationship with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) was awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities grant for the project ‘aacimwahkionkonci: Land of Stories’. One aspect of this project is the creation of a web-based historical education resource that will include geospatial maps and data showing the transfer of land ownership on Tribal reserves over time. To facilitate this portion of the project we have incorporated the GIS data construction into multiple levels of our GIS education at Miami University. Undergraduates in an advanced GIS course worked on a preliminary dataset to develop methods for creating the geospatial reserve data and visualizing its change over time. A dedicated Geography Graduate MA has also been funded to provide expertise on the continued geospatial data creation, structure, and maintenance. The long-term goal for the geospatial portion of this project to provide data built structurally sound such that is can be used as a visualization tool and also as a research tool tool to look at land ownership change over time. This talk will highlight the history of this project, show examples from the various stages, and provide a road-map for how we plan to move forward.

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