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U.S. Geological Survey Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives
Fiscal Year 1998

Table of Contents | Tribal Governments | Organizations/Events | States | Introduction | Education | Environment | Resources | Technical Assistance | General Coordination and Policy | Future Opportunities | Contacts |

Technical Assistance

American Indian Aquaculture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves certain drugs that are used in Tribal aquaculture projects. The USGS' Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (formerly the Upper Mississippi Science Center) conducts nationwide research on the registration of new drugs, chemicals, and therapeutics used in aquaculture production. The Science Center established a partnership to assist FDA by conducting research on the environmental effects of these drugs in cooperation with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and 37 State fish and wildlife departments. Because Tribal aquaculture operations are a significant percentage of nationwide facilities, Tribes will benefit directly from this research at no expense. Contact: Director, Environmental Sciences Center, 608-783-6451, leslie_holland-bartles@usgs.gov

Onondaga Nation Hydrogeologic Sessions. In May 1998, a USGS hydrologist made a presentation to Tribal officials of the Onondaga Nation on the hydrogeology of Tully Valley. The presentation was followed by a field trip though the Tully Valley during the next day. The presentation and field trip were made at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and were attended by EPA and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representatives, as well as tribal officials. Contact: Robert Rogers, 518-285-5661, rrogers@usgs.gov

Coordinating Environmental Priorities. USGS staff met with representatives of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tribal liaison to discuss Tribal environmental priorities in Michigan. Contact: Tom Weaver, 517-887-8912, tlweaver@usgs.gov

Techincal Demonstration for Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. USGS hydrologists ran borehole-geophysical logs at Bay Mill Indian Community as a demonstration for Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM). Contact: Tom Weaver, 517-887-8912, tlweaver@usgs.gov

Training for Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Personnel. The USGS provided technical training in the use of ARC/INFO and ARCVIEW software to a tribal geographic information systems (GIS) specialist from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. These commercial software programs are the Contact: Tom Weaver, 517-887-8912, tlweaver@usgs.gov

Technology Aids in Finding Sacred Sites. Scientists from the USGS' Environmental Management Technical Center (now the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center) in Onalaska, Wisconsin, provided assistance to the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. The USGS GIS experts scanned base maps of tribal lands and identified sites of ancestral burial mounds. Contact: Contact: Director, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, 608-783-6451, leslie_holland-bartels@usgs.gov

Geographic Information Systems Training for the Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition. The USGS is working with the Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition, Inc. to provide GIS data and to teach several 1-week GIS seminars for Tribes within the Missouri River Basin. Contact: Tom Trombley, 785-832-3551, trombley@usgs.gov

Geographic Information Systems Support for the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation. The purpose for this project is to provide GIS support to the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation. Students at Haskell Indian Nations University will create and document geographic data layers for the Tribe under the supervision of a USGS hydrologist. Data will be provided to the Tribe on compact disk or other media. The Tribe also will be provided training in GIS concepts and in the use of GIS software, enabling them to analyze data provided to them. Contact: Tom Trombley, 785-832-3551, trombley@usgs.gov

Surface-water Quality on Lands of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation. This project will assist Potawatomi personnel in learning water-quality sampling and quality assurance/quality control procedures. It will also provide a periodic water-quality assessment at selected sites on the Reservation to identify and monitor potential sources of contamination that could affect human-health. As part of the training program, several Tribal employees attended the water-quality sampling course at the USGS National Training Center in Denver. In addition, Tribal staff accompany USGS personnel during water-quality sampling on the Reservation. Tribal personnel help collect and process samples for analysis. As the Tribal staff become more experienced with sample collection and processing and as they procure more equipment, their role in sample collection and processing will increase. Contact: Tom Trombley, 785-832-3551, trombley@usgs.gov

Mapping Biological Features. The USGS' South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is assisting the Standing Rock Sioux and Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribes in mapping the biological features on both Tribes' Reservations. Contact: South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 605-688-6121, berryc@sdstate.edu

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Cooperative Project. The USGS conducted a field exercise with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to check the accuracy of field techniques and equipment for measuring streamflow. Contact: Charles Parrett, 406-441-1319, cparrett@usgs.gov

Water-Quality Techniques for the Pueblos of San Ildefonso and Jemez. An integral part of the separate hydrogeologic studies of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso and the Pueblo of Jemez is training provided by USGS staff to the staff of each Pueblo. The training will develop the Pueblos' employees' technical abilities to collect water data. At the conclusion of the study, the Pueblos will have increased independence in conducting the activities themselves on a regular basis. (See the Environmental Activities section of this report for additional information about the hydrologic issues addressed by these studies.) Contact: Cynthia Abeyta, 505-262-5358, cgabeyta@usgs.gov

Getting Remotely Sensed Data to Indian Planners. A USGS scientist has applied for funding, in conjunction with the Remote Sensing Institute at the University of New Mexico, for a project that would help local decision-makers use and integrate existing remotely sensed imagery into their land and resource planning processes. A goal of the proposal is to provide information to southwestern American Indian groups and the managers of Indian lands. Contact: Todd Hinkley, 303-236-5850, thinkley@usgs.gov

Truckee-Carson Program. This project is in support of Department of the Interior (DoI) bureaus in execution of various provisions of Public Law 101-618, the Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Settlement Act. Funding is provided by USGS. The project has developed a complex river operations model for the Truckee and Carson Rivers and the Truckee Canal in support of the DoI's negotiations on reservoir and river operations to protect Indian trust resources for the Pyramid Lake Paiute and Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribes. In addition to model development and support, the USGS acts as technical advisor on hydrologic issues to the DoI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the water-settlement negotiations and related litigation and water-rights transfers. Contact: Larry Bohman, 775-887-7679, lrbohman@usgs.gov

Technical Training for Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation Employees. In July 1998, the USGS conducted training for 10 members and employees of the Yakama Nation at the Tribal headquarters. The training included classes and field exercises on how to make discharge measurements and how to collect surface water data. Contact: Greg Ruppert, 509-547-2571, gruppert@usgs.gov

Pacific Lamprey Study. The Pacific lamprey is a prized cultural commodity to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and is a species at risk of extinction in the Columbia River. The USGS' Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oregon State University advised the Confederated Tribes on their study of the Pacific lamprey. USGS scientists assisted in the defining the study's sampling design. Contact: Director, Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 541-737-1938, hiram.li@orst.edu

Exotic Species in the Columbia River. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission expressed concern over the potential adverse impacts of exotic marine species on the Columbia River fishery. USGS scientists assisted the Commission in the development of a computerized system that will gather and make publicly available pertinent information on exotic and alien species. Contact: Director, Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 541-737-1938, hiram.li@orst.edu

Surface-Water Monitoring Stations. The USGS operates the following surface-water monitoring stations, usually with cooperative funding from the Tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or a third party.

Number
of Stations
Cooperator
2 Seminole Tribe of Florida & South Florida Water Management District
(includes 2 continuous recorders with Tribal nutrient autosamplers)
1 Miccosukee Tribe of Indians & South Florida Water Management District
(includes 1 continous recorder with Tribal nutrient autosampler)
Contact: Mitch Murray-Florida, 305-717-5827, mmurray@usgs.gov
2 Three Affiliated Tribes (Fort Berthold Reservation)
1 BIA
1 On Fort Bethhold Reservation; funded by other sources
2 On boundary waters of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation; funded by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1 gage) & the North Dakota State Water Commission (1 gage)
1 On boundary of Fort Totten (Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe); funded by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contact: Doug Emerson-North Dakota, 701-250-7402, demerson@usgs.gov
2 Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (Lake Traverse Reservation); funded by the BIA
1 Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; funded by the BIA
1 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; funded by the BIA
1 Crow Creek Sioux Tribe; funded by the BIA
4 +1 Oglala Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge Reservation); 1 gage is a continuous recorder, funded by the Tribe; 4 gages funded by the BIA
1 Rosebud Sioux Tribe; funded by the BIA
1 Yankton Sioux Tribe; funded by the BIA
Contact: Ralph Teller-South Dakota, 605-355-4560 ext. 222, rwteller@usgs.gov
15 Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Joint Business Council
(Wind River Reservation)
Contact: Theodore Bartke-Wyoming, 307-778-2931 ext. 2709, tcbartke@usgs.gov
1 Nez Perce Tribe
4 BIA
Contact: Thomas S. Brennan-Idaho, 208-387-1366, tbrennan@usgs.gov
5 BIA
2 Pueblo of Zuni
2 Santa Clara Pueblo
Contact: Michael Roark-New Mexico, 505-262-5354, mroark@usgs.gov
1 Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe
4 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
1 Summit Lake Paiute Tribe
12 Walker River Paiute Tribe
2 Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Contact: Kerry Garcia-Nevada,775-887-7659, ktgarcia@usgs.gov
2 Havasupai Tribe
3 Hualapai Tribe
2 Hopi Tribe
3 Hopi Reservation; funded by BIA & Peabody Coal Co.
1 Navajo Reservation; funded by the Arizona Department of Water Resources
1 Navajo Reservation; funded by BIA & Peabody Coal Co.
2(4) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (2 continuous recorders and (4) crest-stage gages)
1 Tohono O'odham Nation
2 Pueblo of Zuni
Contact: Christopher Smith-Arizona, 520-670-6671 ext. 251, cfsmith@usgs.gov
8 BIA
7 Blackfeet Tribe
1 Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
9 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Flathead Reservation)
4 Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Contact: Ronald R. Shields-Montana, 406-441-1319, rshields@usgs.gov
4 BIA (Chamokane Creek)
4 BIA (Nooksack River Basin)
4 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
1 Hoh Tribe
1 Makah Nation
2 Nisqually Indian Tribe
1 Quileute Tribe
1 Quinault Indian Nation
Contact: Thomas Zembrzuski-Washington, 253-428-3600 ext. 2608, tjzembrz@usgs.gov
6 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
11 Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
1 Nez Perce Tribe
Contact: Ed Hubbard-Oregon, 503-251-3239, leh@usgs.gov
1 Hoopa Valley Tribe
1 Yurok Tribe
Contact: Robert Mason-California, 916-278-3000, rrmason@usgs.gov

Water-Quality Monitoring Stations. The USGS collects water quality at the following sites:

Number
of Stations
Cooperator
1 gaging station BIA
10 wetlands sites Spirit Lake Tribe
2 gaging stations Three Affiliated Tribes (Fort Berthold Reservation)
4 lake sites Three Affiliated Tribes (Fort Berthold Reservation)
Contact: Doug Emerson-North Dakota, 701-250-7402, demerson@usgs.gov
1 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
2 Walker River Paiute Tribe
Contact: Kerry Garcia-Nevada, 775-887-7659, ktgarcia@usgs.gov

Ground-Water Monitoring Stations. The USGS operates the following ground-water monitoring stations: The USGS operates the following ground-water monitoring stations:

Number
of Stations
Cooperator
1 USGS (on Fort Belknap Reservation; Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes)
Contact: Clarence L. Chambers-Montana, 406-441-1319, chambers@usgs.gov
25 Pechanga Band of Mission Indians
Contact: James Bowers - 760-247-1401, jcbowers@usgs.gov

Sediment Monitoring Stations. The USGS operates the following sediment monitoring stations: The USGS operates the following sediment monitoring stations:

Number
of Stations
Cooperator
3 Hopi Tribe
1 Pueblo of Zuni
Contact: Gregory G. Fisk-New Mexico, 520-556-7225, ggfisk@usgs.gov
1 Lower Elwha Tribe (October - December 1997)
1 Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Contact: Thomas Zembrzuski-Washington, 253-428-3600 ext. 2608, tjzembrz@usgs.gov

The contacts provided in the report were accurate at the time of publication. Please refer to the USGS Employee Directory or the Office of Tribal Relations contact page if you require information about a specific activity.

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