California Tribal Invitation to CalGIS 2010


CalGIS 2010

To California Tribal Nations,

Come join us for the 16th annual CalGIS Conference in Huntington Beach, April 18-21, 2010. The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the CalGIS 2010 Planning Committee would like to extend a formal invitation to all California Tribal Nations to come and experience California’s own GIS Conference. CalGIS 2010 is an incredible opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow GIS and Tribal GIS colleagues and to learn how some indigenous and other various governmental issues are being addressed using GIS.

California’s tribal nations face special challenges in planning, policy, and advocacy. Issues of sovereignty, cultural protection, land use management, and handling mineral rights often require the use of GIS, the production of maps, and the analysis of geospatial data. Recognizing this, URISA and the Planning Committee in concert with the Indigenous Mapping Network are initiating new strategies devoted specifically to the needs and concerns surrounding Tribal GIS activities.

The mission of the Indigenous Mapping Network is to connect native communities with the tools needed to protect, preserve, and enhance their way of life within their aboriginal territories. This endeavor often requires an amalgamation of traditional "mapping" practices and modern mapping technologies.

Due to this new initiative a Scholarship is being offered only to California’s Tribal Nations. Register with the attached PDF form and receive a $150 scholarship immediately applied towards the Conference Registration regular rate resulting in a 50% savings. Attend the various track sessions discussing topics such as Emerging Technologies, GIS Operations, Natural Resources, Habitat Management, Public Safety, and Emergency Response. In addition, the Committee would like to invite your participation in:

Tribal Unwind Meet & Greet - Monday, April 19, 2010, 7pm - 10pm
The Fire Pit (Mankota Grill, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel)
The Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN) would like to invite you to an informal gathering
poolside. Register for this free event at California Tribal & Affiliate Mapster Unwind at CalGIS - Eventbrite.

Tribal Roundtable Session - Tuesday, April 20, 2010. 11am - 12pm, Salon E
An open forum among other Tribal GIS peers to exchange your experiences, problems and solutions in applying geospatial technology within your Tribal Government in a collaborative format helping to guide future conferences to specifically address your challenges.

The CalGIS Conference is the one opportunity we have during the year to focus our attention on California-based GIS activities, irrespective of software used, user industry, or other program constraints. CalGIS brings together a wide range of GIS practitioners who are intent on sharing experiences, learning new skills, and networking among their peers.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Lisa Lubley, GISP
CalGIS 2010 Conference Chair