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It is our mission to steward, conserve, preserve, enhance, and protect places and customs that are of significant historical, cultural, and environmental importance by using traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and science.

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GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. It is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographic data. For example, if I was looking for an ideal area to gather berries from in June, I could use GIS to find that information. I would first create a map that had information on berry bush locations, what month they are harvestable, and how many berries are typically present at each location. I could then use GIS tools to find the best berry harvesting location for the month of June.


The goals for within the Cultural Resource Department are as follows:

  • Document tribal member knowledge on subsistence and cultural resources such as berry harvesting, fishing, seaweed harvesting, clam digging, etc.
  • Develop maps from these knowledge for use by the tribe.
  • Document data that the department has collected from its different projects such as Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning monitoring, stream temperature monitoring, beach monitoring, etc.
  • Develop maps from this data that shows the data from these projects in a very accessible way to tribal members.
  • Increase the knowledge of staff within the Cultural Resources Department and increase capacity to partner with other entities in the future to carry out projects beneficial to the tribe.

Learn More about what GIS is and how it works by visiting

Is there a map you would like to see made of the Ketchikan area? Is there any cultural or subsistence information that you would like to share with the Cultural Resources Department to be mapped in the future?

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