• POLICY BRIEF: Data Governance for Native Nation Rebuilding

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Native nations in the United States are increasingly exercising Indigenous data sovereignty (ID-Sov)— the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data. While ID-Sov is the goal, data governance— the ownership, collection, control, analysis, and use of data— provides mechanisms for achieving that goal.  This brief serves as an initial primer on Indigenous data governance. It describes the relationship between reclaiming Indigenous data and Native nation rebuilding. This brief extends the ID-Sov conversation to tribal data governance and the implications... Read More
  • The USIDSN Welcomes Kelsey Leonard

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    The USIDSN welcomes Kelsey Leonard (Shinnecock Indian Nation) to its Advisory Council. Kelsey presented, “Indigenous Ocean Data Mapping: Valuing Traditional Knowledge for Interjurisdictional Coordination” at the International Open Data Summit, Madrid, Spain, October 2016. Kelsey shared the story of how Indigenous nations along the Atlantic sea coast literally got on the map and commenced governing their ocean data in coordination with other governments in the region.
  • Indigenous Data Governance Resources​

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    “Are you someone who collects, analyzes, uses, or stores data about Indigenous nations, communities, and/or citizens for research, decision making, policy, or program development or evaluation? Are you 18 years of age or older? The Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, would like to figure out what data-related tools you need to make your job easier! We invite you to take a short survey about your experiences and add your perspective to the conversation. Click here for more information An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of A... Read More
  • Government Accountability Office High-Risk Report

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    On February 15, 2017 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the, “HIGH-RISK SERIES: Progress on Many High-Risk Areas, While Substantial Efforts Needed on Others” report. The publication cited previous GAO recommendations made over the past two years in the areas of federal Indian education, health, and energy programs. “Incomplete and inaccurate data” was cited as a reason why education, health, and energy programs fall short of meeting tribal and individuals’ needs. Improving Federal Management of Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members begins on page 200 of the report.
  • Government Accountability Office Presentation

    Thursday, December 8, 2016
    On December 8, 2016 USIDSN Co-founders and NNI staff Stephanie Carroll Rainie and Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear presented, “United States Indigenous Data Sovereignty” to the Government Accountability Office. The presentation provided an overview of Indigenous data sovereignty, the history of data about tribes and their citizens, and what Indigenous data sovereignty looks like in action today, citing examples from Native nations in the US. There were about 60 people who attended the meeting onsite and another 100 people who viewed the presentation online.