2017 National Tribal GIS Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monday, November 13, 2017

Special Interest Workshops (limited seating)


Optional Pre-Conference Workshops and Training 

*Please note that some workshops may present accelerated topics and information.

2017 Workshop Agenda-At-A-Glance.pdf


Pre-conference workshops & field trip scheduled for
Monday, November 13 

Introduction to Geospatial Archaeology (2-Day Workshop)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop Lead(s): Ryan Spring (Choctaw Nation), Danny Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), Steve Street (Association of Village Council Presidents).

This workshop will focus on introducing attendees to archaeology and designing site visit maps that can be used in the field to document and record historic and sacred sites. Day one will focus on introducing attendees to tribal archaeology through learning how to recognize artifacts in the field. This will be followed by a demonstration on how to design site visit maps that can be used on Smartphones. One Day Two attendees will travel on the field trip to Petroglyph National Monument where they will interact with the Santa Clara Pueblo and the National Park Service by using their maps from Day One to record sites.   

Introduction to Remote Sensing (1.5-Day Workshop)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop Lead(s): Cindy Schmidt (NASA)

This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of remote sensing including the basics of land cover mapping and assessing vegetation health. The course will include hands-on exercises that demonstrate how to search, access, and download satellite data products (including WorldView imagery) as well as methods to visualize, interpret, and analyze imagery using ArcGIS software and web-based online tools. No remote sensing background is required.

Introduction to GIS (1-Day Workshop)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop Lead: BIA BOGS

This workshop will introduce the fundamental of GIS. Included will be a brief explanation of the Public Land Survey System followed by beginning GIS basics. Participants will perform a PLSS exercise followed by multiple hands-on GIS exercises. The GIS exercises will include Georeferencing, Basic Creation and Editing of features, Attributing GIS tables both manually and through field calculations, and creating and editing feature Symbology. This workshop will be taught from a true beginner level.

Pre-conference workshops scheduled for
Tuesday, November 14

Cartographic Design and Designing Map Books (Half-day)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Lead: BIA BOGS

Participants in this workshop will create and export a GIS mapbook. This class will include creating and adjusting required map elements, cartographic design, determining and changing map projections, creating a mapbook, and exporting a mapbook into multiple formats such as PDF and JPG.

Introduction to Geospatial Archaeology with site-visit to the Petroglyph National Monument- continued
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop Lead(s): Ryan Spring, Steve Street, Ben Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), and National Parks Service representatives.

Introduction to Remote Sensing- continued
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Lead(s): Cindy Schmidt

WorldView Imagery - taking it a step further than just visualization
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Workshop Lead(s): Jeff Van de Vaarst, Hexagon

While a picture is worth a thousand words, imagery can tell a much greater story, from image categorization and inventory to change detection to terrain extraction. In this live demonstration, watch as we categorize/classify an image into land cover classes and area of interest, change perspective by extracting point clouds and contour lines from imagery and combine the extracted elevation as an additional band for zonal change detection. 

Esri Hands-on Learning Lab
The learning lab is a self-paced first come, first served basis and is open to all attendees.

HOLL Lab Hours

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Please remit payments to the following:

    National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center
    P.O. Box 638
    Bonne Terre, MO 63628
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