GIS/Remote Sensing Program -- OLC Math and Science Department

Lakota Land Mapping of Cultural and Historic Sites


Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Indian Health Services

Kyle Fire Fighters

Lakota Land Alliance

Little Wound school

Loneman School

Native View

Oglala Lakota College Nursing Department

Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority

Oglala Sioux Tribe Land-Use Office

South Dakota Archeological Society

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota View

Wanblee Community Elders

Wounded Knee Community Elders

Youth Opportunity Program

“If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it, he will find it.” (Sitting Bull). This pilot project locates Lakota historical, cultural and recreational areas. Lakota Land includes establishing a geodatabase, setting up an online interactive map, supporting the formation of a committee to handle sensitive site and investigating links of Native sites with geospatial features, such as water or mountains.

Interactive Google Map

5/31/207 Google Map, Draft 2

This map displays historical areas and business using Google Map technology.

Historic Sites for 2006

Anna Mae Aquash Site

South Unit and Stronghold

Window Rock

Rationale for the Lakota Land Project

a) to preserve sites from destruction

b) to advance the understanding of geospatial technology to a broad Native American public

c) to foster Native identity

d) to provide a tool for tribal decision making

e) to educate Native and non-native communities

f) to provide a database for researchers of Native culture/history

g) to offer alternatives to socio-economic problems

h) to research geospatial patterns to identify additional sites

This project has a broad impact. It already involves the community, tribal pre-college and undergraduate geoscience education. Volunteers and students will interview community members and acquire GPS coordinates of Native American sites and map them as well as research their importance. This program helps reservation residents to enter and advance in geoscience careers.

This project has the intellectual merit of increasing the understanding of geoscience by tribal residents. We will develop unique procedures for documenting Lakota cultural sites: a working database and an interactive online map of sites approved for publication. This map will be a tool to acquaint tribal and nontribal members with geospatial technology, Lakota values and culture.

This project is funded through NSF.


Program Coordinator
Dr. Hannon LaGarry or Jason Tinant
Phone: (605) 455-6003

GIS/Remote Sensing Program
Math and Science Department
Oglala Lakota College
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