Spotlight

  • 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.
  • First Ever Tribal Data Practices Survey Launched at NCAI Convention

    NCAI Data Survey Team
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    The National Congress of American Indians launched a Tribal Data Practices Survey at its 73rd Annual Convention and Marketplace in Phoenix Arizona October 9-14. USIDSN co-founder Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear is leading the survey project, and it is managed by NCAI Policy Research Director and USIDSN Advisory Council Member Dr. Malia Villegas. The survey seeks to understand what types of data or information tribes currently use; how tribes access, collect, manage, and report these data; and what types of data they need. The goal is to utilize the survey findings to build data capability in Indian Co... Read More
  • U.S. Census Bureau Cancels Field Tests With The Confederated Tribes of Colville and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    The Census Bureau has canceled the 2017 field tests at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota, and the Colville Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land in Washington state. The Bureau cited anticipated budget cuts as the reason in the announcement on October 18, 2016. The Bureau is considering adding the sites to the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. Read more here
  • Department of Interior Holds American Indian and Alaska Native Data Workshop

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    On September 13, 2016 the Department of Interior hosted a workshop entitled “American Indian and Alaska Native Data”. Workshop attendants were drawn from US Federal agencies that collect, create and disseminate data relating to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The day-long workshop contained three panel sessions that focused on tribal perspectives on Federal AIAN data, US Federal Agency needs and obstacles, and academic and other researchers’ perspectives on Federal data. The workshop brought together multiple stake holders in a single setting and helped to facilitate discussions about dat... Read More

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