SGU Using Earth Data to Improve Land Management

Nov 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Tribal College News

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a five-year, $5 million project to improve land management policies and practices for tribal reservations and other rural communities. The initial focus will be on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, home to Sinte Gleska University (SGU).

Project Director James Rattling Leaf of SGU said the project develops systems to help tribal managers with resource decisions. It will also generate educational tools to inspire and train Native and non-native scientists. By using geospatial technology, the project participants can help tribes with community development. They will transform earth system data into usable knowledge about the planet and specifically about the reservations’ resources.

The project, “A Geospatial Extension of the NASA Information Power Grid,” involves the tribal college (Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD), two federal agencies, and two private commercial partners. The federal partners are the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD, and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. The other partners are Global Science and Technology, Inc., in Greenbelt, MD, and Earth Satellite Corporation, Inc., in Rockville, MD.

For more information contact: James Rattling Leaf, Land and Natural Resources Developer, Sinte Gleska University, P.O Box 557,Mission, SD 57555-0107, phone (605) 856-4262, email or visit

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