GIS/Remote Sensing Program
Community and Education Outreach
Workshops are offered in addition to regular classes. One or two-day workshops are popular with tribal and rural organizations on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Workshops can be a powerful tool to inform about GIS, recruit students and as a source of revenue. So far, tribal fire fighters, ranchers, teachers, non-profit organizations and OST Parks and Recreation participated in the workshops.
The workshops offered through the GIS/Remote Sensing Program:
See the Workshop Descriptions page for more information about each workshop.
Within the last year, at least ten middle and high school classes visited OLC and participated in GIS/GPS activities (figure 1). As a result, some schools on the reservation started implementing GIS/GPS into their curriculum. OLC supports those efforts with expertise and equipment. Some of these school children now participate in OLC’s Lakota Land project, where they will research and map their own heritage.
The following services are provided to OLC affiliates, collaborators and community:
GIS/GPS technical support
Research opportunities for students
Equipment, such as GPS units
GIS-lab can be scheduled for classes, meetings, or training
Maps and poster prints with plotter
Community outreach includes collaboration with individuals, organizations, agencies and tribal schools. This outreach is an opportunity to bring Native Americans and Americans of European or other descent together. For example, OLC as a Native American College supported white ranchers in implementing GIS/GPS technology. Tribal and non-tribal persons alike have already attended classes and workshops.