News 2017

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November 2017

Mato Ohitika Make America Red Again Blog


November.19. 2017

Please check out my

current blog post:

How to Design Data Sovereignty

for the Community's Benefit

November 2017

Road to the International Tour of European Cities


To promote my business and personal goals of the future, I am currently on a short tour of Europe. I have stops in Amsterdam and London this week. I have already had some excellent conversations about Mato Ohitika'a principles and vision with some very interesting individuals that have already made my trip here exciting and very fulfilling.


Thank you, and if you see me out and about don't hesitate to stop and talk about data sovereignty! Cheers!


November 2017

Road to the International Chiefs of Police Conference Update

I want to thank the NIJ and their staff for their hospitality and their support to attend the IACP. The opportunities we had as STEM scholars to attend talks, and sit in on official business meetings of Tribal public safety officials, and meet people that are invested in exploring outcomes that make our American Indian communities safer was such a great opportunity and to  forward dialogue in exploring new ways in using higher education as a tool for change in all of our communities.


We had the opportunity to speak with Principal Deputy Director Howard Spivak, M.D., Police Chief Bill Denke of the Sycuan Tribe, and many others made this experience so worthwhile. As we move forward in helping our communities in all aspects of public safety, nation building, and education I will always be reminded of all of the people that make these opportunities possible and my deepest and sincerest thanks to all that made this opportunity possible. I hope to continue to use data science to advance these conversations beyond networking and to provide data driven solutions through the Data Sovereignty Initiative.


My personal thanks goes to NIJ staff member Steven Hafner, who made our trip so delightful, thanks Steven!


Picture with Chief Bill Denke of the Sycuan Tribe
Our meet and greet with Dr. Howard Spivak, M.D.
The 2017 STEM Scholars
The Official Selfie of the Native Stem Scholars! From left: John, Vaughn, Chelsea, Cheyenne, Joseph, and Steven.

October 2016

Road to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference 2017


I have the distinct honor in receiving a full travel scholarship to the IACP conference in Philadelphia October 21-24, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice (OJP/NIJ). I hope to continue to network with many of you as my Data Sovereignty framework proof of concept continues to develop further.


I am currently designing a flyer called,  How Do We Create a SMART Solution for Tribal Communities for Criminal Justice and Policing based on my experiencess at the conference. Please stayed tuned and if you happen to be attending the IACP, feel free to ask me for a copy of the flyer that will outline in simple terms how to create a SMART solution using the Data Sovereignty Framework.


Many thanks for this opportunity as we work towards equitable interaction when working with American Indian Tribes!

September 2017

Mato Ohitika is Featured in ESRI Press

2nd Edition of Tribal GIS



Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making

ISBN: 9781589484962 


I had the great honor of submitting my on-going work on the

Data Sovereignty Intitiative.


In my article,


The Power of Data Sovereignty in Empowering Tribal Communities Using GIS


I have outlined many of the things you can read about on this website. When ESRI approached me in submitting an article for the book in late 2016, I was (as still am) developing my Data Sovereignty framework for my PhD defense in 2018, so as things continue to develop, you can find that here.


My deepest and sincerest gratitude to ESRI for your continued support and interest in supporting American Indian tribes.

July / August 2017

The Road to JSM 2017

July 29 - August 3, 2017




I had the opportunity to attend the JSM 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. After my debut at the 2017 ESRI UC presenting  my Data Sovereignty proof of concept; I had an enjoyable time networking and speaking with colleagues all week at JSM!


In addition to all of the amazing conversations, presentations, and great food, I also had the honor of joining another professional organization, Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS). As an underrepresented minority myself, I found joining this organization to be a win-win in promoting women and minorities in the statistics fields. I look forward to collaborating with CWS in future projects to promote the best in our fields that make our communities better.



The Road to UC 2017

July 10-14 2017



The ESRI User Conference has been the incubator for my current doctoral work involving Data Sovereignty. My vision for unifying data in Indian Country began with my story map about The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination  in 2016. One year later, this theory will be put into practice with my governance framework called the Data Sovereignty Initiative. I will present the current state of this proof of concept with a talk at ESRI UC 2017.


Read on about what Data Sovereignty is about and the design metrics I have developed below.

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