2023 Farm Bill: Native Farm Bill Coalition Priorities & How the NLIS Can Help

By Raven McMullin It goes without saying that the food system in the United States was created without the intent of maintaining or supporting traditional Native foodways.  In fact, more than neglecting these traditional systems, new settlers sought to destroy Native food sources and economies—forcing dependence upon a strange and commodified food chain. However, traditional […]

New Demographic Features Added to NLAP’s Agriculture on Native Lands Data Dashboard

By Raven McMullin and Emma Scheerer Through previous blog posts, story maps, and data dashboards, the Native Lands Advocacy Project (NLAP) has embarked on an extensive and critical analysis of the state of agriculture on Native land. In presenting this data (which is sourced from the USDA’s Census of Agriculture for American Indian Reservations) in […]

Lakota Organic Growers Embrace Food Sovereignty in Times of Drought and Scarcity

This blog is the second of two posts analyzing the challenges Native communities face accessing clean, sustainable water. Click here if you’d like to read part one. In South Dakota, west of the Missouri River, Lakota farmers have taken steps toward food sovereignty while grappling with limited funds, contaminated wells, and droughts. On the Pine Ridge reservation, semi-arid […]

Announcing Our New Storymap: The Legacy of Allotment on Contemporary Native Agriculture

What did early reservation agriculture look like? What is the settler colonial myth, and how has it distorted the perception of Native agriculture? What is the historical legacy of allotment? How are Native communities actively resisting and healing from this legacy? The Native Lands Advocacy Project is thrilled to announce our newest storymap: The Legacy of […]

Forest Lands Viewer

This map shows the canopy cover percentages and land cover types on Reservations and USFS lands

ARMP-IRMP-Data Portal

ARMP-IRMP Planning Portal A Toolkit for Tribal Resource Management Plans Welcome to the ARMP-IRMP Data Portal This resource was developed by the Native Lands Advocacy Project in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and the Indian Land Tenure Foundation to assist Tribes in the development of Agriculture Resource Management Plans (ARMPs) and Integrated Resources Management Plans […]

Surface Waters on Native Lands Dashboard

About this Dashboard This data includes the USGS’s National Hydrography Plus Dataset V2 (NHDPlus), released in 2012, and the 2021 TIGER Boundaries for U.S. American Tribal lands as of January 1st, 2021, as reported by the federally recognized tribal governments through the Census Bureau’s Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). Overlapping features and associated data from […]

Announcing Update to our Cropland Data Layer Dashboard!

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Our “What’s Growing on Native Lands?” Dashboard is now updated with the 2021 data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cropland Data Layer, making our dashboard a more timely resource for Native land caretakers to use in monitoring the status of their homelands! According to the the USDA, the Cropland Data Layer (CDL) is […]

New Updates to our SSURGO (Soil Survey) Dashboard!

We have compiled and uploaded the most recent data from the 2021 Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) into our “Soil Capability on CONUS Native Lands” Dashboard! According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),  The SSURGO database provides the most detailed level of information and was designed primarily for farm and ranch, landowner/user, township, county, […]