Esri Nonprofit Organization Program - Nonprofits serving Tribal Communities

Esri Nonprofit Organization Program

ESRI is pleased to announce a new Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to make its leading GIS mapping technology available to diverse Nonprofit Organizations around the globe.  This is a continuation and extension of the long legacy at Esri of supporting nonprofits to utilize GIS to support the important work that they do around the world.  This program was announced by Jack Dangermond, Esri’s President and Founder at the Gov 2.0 event on Sept. 9th, 2010 (Video).  Please note that US Federally Recognized Tribal Governments will continue to obtain software at no cost through the US Dept. of Interior however Nonprofit Organizations which serve Tribal Communities are eligible for support through this program.

 This offering waives commercial fees for Esri’s software, which is offered to qualifying Nonprofit Organizations for a low annual administrative fee.  For example the ArcInfo version of ArcGIS Desktop Mapping software which is commercially valued at over $36,000 (including all extensions) is offered to eligible Nonprofit Organizations for an annual $100 administrative fee.  A comparable offering for ArcGIS Server Advanced Enterprise provides Nonprofits with a complete GIS system for the management, visualization, analysis, and dissemination of GIS information that extends from the Desktop to the web, mobile devices and the cloud.  It provides organizations with the ability to share their activities with donors and the communities they serve by publishing geospatial web services and through interactive web mapping applications and dashboards, and mobile solutions.  Additionally, this program provides organization-wide offerings through a series of Enterprise Licensing Packages whereby a Nonprofit Organization can obtain hundreds of desktop mapping licenses, a set of GIS servers, and technical support for a set annual fee.

For more information on other discounts and training options for Nonprofits please visit the following website: or contact:

David Gadsden - ESRI
Nonprofit / Native American / Global Affairs
606 Columbia Street NW, Suite 300

Olympia WA, 98501, USA
Phone: 360.754.4727 x8911
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Skype: david_gadsden


Seeking Tribal Representatives to Participate in Creating Federal Agency-wide Cultural Resource Spatial Data Standards

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:16

Please let me introduce myself, my name is Deidre McCarthy and I work with the Cultural Resource GIS Facility of the National Park Service.  Our office works primarily with State, Tribal and other NPS groups to institute the use of GIS and GPS into cultural resource management practices.  We provide GIS and GPS training and work closely with various groups to apply these technologies to document cultural resources throughout the US.

Currently we are working on an important project to create cultural resource spatial data standards through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  The NPS is chairing a cultural resource subcommittee of the FGDC whose primary purpose is to build these standards.  We are currently seeking Tribal representatives to participate in the standard creation process through a work group that will be composed of Federal agencies, State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal representatives and local governments.  Your participation would not require travel to Washington, DC (where the subcommittee is based), but would include participation in scheduled teleconferences and review of materials produced by the work group.  We feel strongly that any FGDC cultural resource spatial data standard must incorporate Tribal perspectives, concerns and ideas and hope that your interest in the topic will contribute heavily to the process.  This important effort will have lasting impact on the exchange of cultural resource data between Federal agencies, States and Tribes who wish to share data, making that data sharing more efficient and much faster.  Particularly in times of disasters, such as the Gulf oil spill, data is needed quickly to ensure that critical cultural resources are protected.  We hope that these standards will allow for the protection of resources, security of data and improved communication regarding cultural resources throughout the historic preservation community.

<>One of the primary projects that the Cultural Resource GIS Facility has been working on for several years is the creation of cultural resource spatial data standards.  OMB Circular A-16 designates the National Park Service as the lead agency for the cultural resource spatial data theme, through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our office has been given the task of working to create cultural resource spatial data standards as part of this role of a lead agency.  We began working on the issue some years ago, focusing on the National Park Service cultural resource spatial data to test our ideas and begin getting our own data in order.  However, we also began talking with other Federal agencies, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and private organizations in 2006 and 2007 to work toward developing some consensus on what larger FGDC cultural resource standards should look like and what they should focus on.

In December 2007 we drafted a proposal to the FGDC explaining the need for the creation of cultural resource spatial data standards, and explaining the decentralized nature of cultural resource data stewardship within the US, discussing that the States and Tribes hold the majority of the data for instance.  Any standards created through the FGDC apply only to Federal agencies in terms of needing to comply with the standards, but we felt strongly that because cultural resource data is held by the States and Tribes primarily, obviously they needed to be included in the discussion as well and help to formulate any such standards. The original proposal is posted on the FGDC website:

In February 2008 the FGDC Standards Working Group approved our proposal and established the cultural resource spatial data standards project as an official FGDC project within the Subcommittee for Cultural and Demographic Data.  In March 2009 we held a summit meeting to begin developing some consensus and attempting to define a path forward.  In the March 2009 meeting we had approximately 75 participants from Federal, State, and Tribal agencies as well as private organizations.

Several conclusions came from the March 2009 meeting, the first being that we need to focus first on data transfer standards that would allow us to share data among Federal, State and Tribal organizations, should we need or choose to, rather than data content standards.  Second, we needed to form a cultural resource work group within the Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data.  Many participants of the March 2009 meeting offered to also join in the work group, however we are seeking greater participation from the Tribal communities to make sure that your voice is heard and incorporated into the standard process.

We hope to keep the size of the work group to a manageable number, around 40 individuals.  This group would responsible primarily for the construction of the standards and will include Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies.  We do not anticipate that the work group would take a significant amount of time from anyone's schedules and we anticipate that most meetings would be held through teleconferences.  We do feel strongly however that the Tribal perspective must be part of any standard creation process.

It was also suggested at our March 2009 meeting that we form a larger peer review group that would review any products coming from the work group before they went for public review.  We would anticipate that this group would be much more inclusive and be much larger.  This group would not necessarily be responsible for creating the standards, but it would provide comment, feedback and ideas for the work group to incorporate into the process.

If you are interested in participating in the work group or the peer review group, we would very much like to hear from you.  Our space on the work group is rather limited, but we feel that Tribal perspectives are very important to take into account.  Because we do not have this expertise, we would appreciate any participation you could offer.  If you have any suggestions of those you think would be interested in participating, or if there are any questions I can answer, please contact me.  We are hoping to have the work group participants finalized by September, however the peer group participants are much more open ended.

You can reach me at:

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To give you some background, here is a link to an article that discusses the process that we went through in creating cultural resource spatial data transfer standards for the NPS and how that parallels this FGDC process:

Thank you for your consideration,

Deidre McCarthy, GISP
Cultural Resource GIS Facility
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service


Native American Friends - Get Ready for Geoscience Alliance 2010

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:47

Geoscience Alliance Conference: Broadening Participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences.

The conference dates are September 16-18, 2010 and will be held at the Black Bear Casino Resort Hotel in Carlton, Minnesota. The resort/casino is owned & operated by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Geoscience Aliiance 2010 Logo

Registration, agenda,  and travel awards are available at:

According to Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer, Deputy Director of the Purdue Center for Faculty Success, the conference will focus on four main themes:

Empowerment through Education: Shaping a Native voice in the United States on Education and the Environment

Native Students --our Next Generation of Environmental Leaders: Broadening Participation--Challenges and Strategies

How and Why We Count: Strategies for creating Native Friendly Evaluation

Science and Culture: How weaving traditional knowledge and culture into science can broaden participation and transform understandings

I will be attending the event, representing Indigenous Mapping Network (having landed one of the travel grants) and plan to cover the presentations and talks during the event. Let me know if you want to hear about a particular item on the agenda!


Charting the Salish Sea: An Investigation into the Cultural/Political Implications of Place Naming

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:03

Are you a member of an indigenous community? Would you like to comment on the recent designation of the waters along the Pacific Northwest coast as the ‘Salish Sea’?

My name is Brian Tucker and I am a Research Assistant working under the direction of Dr. Reuben Rose-Redwood, an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. We are currently conducting research on the cultural and political implications of place naming, with a specific focus on the recent designation of the Salish Sea. We seek to document the opinions and perspectives of different groups regarding the Salish Sea, and we are particularly interested in how this new place name is perceived by members of different indigenous communities both in the United States and Canada.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, you will be asked to participate in an interview session in which I will ask a series of questions, following an open-ended conversational format where you may respond and provide your insight on the topic we are researching. I anticipate the interview to last about 1 hour.

Upon the conclusion of our study, we will contact each of the participants to provide a synopsis of our findings. We also hope to eventually create a publicly-accessible website devoted to exploring different perspectives on the imaginative geographies of the Salish Sea.

For more information, please contact me by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 250-721-4647.

If you wish to participate, please provide the following information on this form or by emailing:
Name (Last, First)
Native American/Tribal/First Nations/Indigenous affiliation
Email Address
Phone number and best time to reach you

Thank you,

Salish Sea Map - Permission granted


FREE GIS Books to Indigenous Mapping Network members

Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 08:50

Peg Gronemeyer, GIS Specialist with USDA/ARS - Jornada Experimental Range at New Mexico State University,  offers tribal organizations and members/followers/friends/associates of Indigenous Mapping Network several GIS books FREE (that come w/the software) on ArcINFO, Arcview 3x, 8x, etc. covering tutorials, Arc commands, GRID commands, AML, Avenue, various extensions, etc. She also has a couple of older evaluation versions that have never been used.

Please contact Peg directly, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are a nonprofit, Peg will ask permission to send the books w/o charging for postage.
However, If the organization is not a 'non-profit' or you have the ability to pay for postage, please send a fed ex number if possible - that is the easiest way.
Again, please contact Peg Gronemeyer directly and immediately while supplies last:
Peg Gronemeyer
GIS Specialist
USDA/ARS - Jornada Experimental Range
New Mexico State University
Box 30003 MSC 3JER
Las Cruces, NM  88003-8003
Office ph: 575-646-7086
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here is her list as of Monday, August 9, 2010:

Using ArcView 3D Analyst 1997 120
1 3D
Using ArcGIS 3D Analyst 2000 200
1 3D
Using ArcCatalog 1999 200 ArcGIS 8 1 AC
Using ArcCatalog 2001 285
1 AC
Using rcMap 1999 560 ArcGIS 8 1 AM
Using ArcMap 2000 520
1 AM
What is ArcGIS? 2001 45
2 ArcGIS
Getting Started with ArcGIS 2002 250
1 ArcGIS
What is ArcGIS? ArcGIS 9 2004 120 ArcGIS 9 1 ArcGIS
ArcLogistics Route 2000 190
1 ArcLogistics
ArcPress version 1.0 for Unix 1995 120
1 ArcPress
ArcTools 1995 975 ArcInfo 7.0.4 1 ArcTools
Using ArcToolbox 1999 100
2 Arctlbx
Using ArcView GIS 1996 350
2 AV
ArcView Dialog Designer 1997 75
3 AV
Advanced ArcView GIS 1999 120
1 AV
Introducing Avenue 1994 90
1 Ave
Using Avenue 1996 230
2 Ave
ArcIMS 3.1 Install Guide 2001 200
Documentation Updates for Arc/INFO 1997 315 ArcInfo 7.1.1 2 INFO
Using Model Builder 2000 180
1 MB
Using ArcView Network Analyst 1996 150
1 Network An
Using ArcView Spatial Analyst 1996 150
2 Spatial An
Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst 2001 230
1 Spatial An
Using ArcGIS Survey Analyst 2002 300
1 Survey An
Using ArcView Tracking Analyst 1998 110
1 Track An
Graphics Devices Guide 1998 170

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