GIS enables users to combine separate databases and present them simultaneously on maps. It makes it easier to analyze complex issues and demonstrate relationships between diverse phenomena. GIS helps communities set priorities, compare scenarios, and develop strategies for balancing multiple goals.
The GIS program is a critical part of the Department of Natural Resources. It is set up to provide spatial data support and mapping for all DNR programs.
GIS services are available for the following:
- Data capture, editing, and updating,
- Spatial analysis and modeling,
- Map creation and output,
- Data backup and security,
- Software and hardware maintenance and upgrades,
- GIS project coordination with DNR programs/other PIN groups,
- Network liaison between the tribe and other GIS entities,
In addition to the major GIS work for the DNR programs, the GIS program also assists with projects for other PIN Departments such as DTR, Utilities, Public Works, Public Safety, Cultural Resources, Housing, Tribal Council, and individual tribal members, providing them with maps or spatial data. The GIS program also participates in work with other companies, and cooperates with other entities who perform work on tribal properties.