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The Native Land Information System: decolonizing data

Authors: Aude Chesnais*, Village Earth, David Bartecchi, Village Earth
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Native land, information system, data sovereignty
Session Type: Guided Poster
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In this poster, we present the initial outputs of the Native Land Information System; an innovative data portal for agricultural and land data on tribal land. Countering a historical pattern of data colonialism, or the absence and mishandling of data in Native land, this data portal presents clear information in user-friendly interface to empower tribal members and support local food-systems initiatives. This research was enabled by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation to serve as the most comprehensive clearinghouse for agricultural and land data for tribal land. The site features dashboards with GIS technology and innovative mapping, a data portal for intertribal collaboration and a wiki system to share methodological findings. Beyond its practical usefulness and innovative data presentation, this site aims at opening the needed debate about land use and governance in tribal land; the result of a succession of colonial policy-making which continues to impede on the implementation of sovereign local economies.

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