Cultural GIS Program
The Choctaw Nation Historic Preservation Department relies on current and developing technologies as tools to learn more about Choctaw history and to better protect important historic and cultural places.
A GPS (Global Positioning System) utilizes satellite triangulation to accurately record the locations of sites and places on the landscape. Choctaw Nation Historic Preservation Department staff use GPS units in the field to directly record the locations of Choctaw historic and cultural sites.
A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a tool for integrating hardware, software, and data that facilitates the capture, management, analysis, and display of geographic information. The Department's GIS/GPS Specialist uses data obtained through GPS and other sources to create detailed, multi-layer digital maps to show certain aspects of Choctaw history on the landscape. This includes village locations, trails, treaty boundaries, Choctaw place names, cemeteries and much more. Some of the GIS maps produced by the Department are directly available to the public. Others are restricted because of the sensitive information they contain.
The Historic Preservation Department also maintains the Register of Choctaw Historic Places. This is a secure database that records site locations and links them with site reports, images, and all other pertinent information. While not directly available to the public, the Register of Choctaw Historic Places helps the Historic Preservation Department to protect these sites, and to educate Tribal members and the public about Choctaw history on the landscape.
For more information please contact Ryan L. Spring at 1-800-522-6170 ext. 2137, email@example.com