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March 23, 2022


Mato Ohitika Releases the Audio of Dr. Robertson's Keynote at the 2022 American Indian Science & Engineering Society Region 5 Conference at South Dakota State University on Saturday March 19,2022.


Keynote Abstract


Dr. Robertson is honored to deliver the keynote speech at the 2022 South Dakota State University American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Regional Conference.


In exploring this year’s theme, We Are Tomorrow, Dr. Robertson will discuss his experiences in navigating higher education through a non-traditional approach that is a unique look at his reflections of teaching, research, and doctoral work in data sovereignty, data science, and the navigating the bridge between science and culture. This keynote will help students understand that incorporating the contexts of their scientific indigenous knowledge into their studies is not only possible, but the paradigm is shifting to allow for new and innovative methods to emerge from this body of work.


February 22, 2022


Mato Ohitika Releases the 2022 South Dakota State University Wokini Challenge Grant Lecture Series:

The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination: Bridging Federal Indian Law, Data Sovereignty and the Challenges of Developing Community AI Principles

This three part lecture series occured on February 6-8, 2022 titled:


The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination: Bridging Federal Indian Law, Data Sovereignty and the Challenges of Developing Community AI Principles, presented by Dr. Joseph Robertson.


Dr. Robertson is a SDSU alumnus, Wokini Scholar, enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, and founder/Chief Data Scientist of Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC. This online event is part of the Wokini Initiative’s FY 2021 Challenge Grant Project: Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future: A Collaborative Approach to Data Sovereignty, Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, PI.


This first lecture explores tribal sovereignty in the context of Federal Indian Law with a discussion of the concepts of land acknowledgement and land grant university status.


The second lecture focuses on Dr. Robertson’s Data Sovereignty Initiative and the current landscape in understanding the key role data sovereignty has in developing shared governance strategies, data driven decision-making, and exploring the ethics of bridging science and culture through the use of applied data science techniques.



The third evening features an introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ethical implications of designing AI systems in Indigenous communities. Part one will discuss how to develop community AI principles, followed by a demonstration of natural language processing with the Dakota Language.


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The Data Sovereignty Initiative


The DSI is a framework that consists of the merging of many interdisciplinary ideas such as higher education, citizen science, data science, governance, and analytics.

The design of the Data Sovereignty Initiative is to provide an interdisciplinary system of analytical theories built using data science that intersects :

  • Culture
  • Nation Building
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogical Design
  • Citizen Science

The initiative continues to establish a new praxis in understanding American Indian Tribal Sovereignty through the concept Data Sovereignty.

Mato Ohitika's 2022 Current Data Science Research

Machine Learning 

  • Integrating Deep Learning Models into Arc GIS
  • Image Classification of Drone Surveys
  • Covid-19 Time Series Analysis


Artificial Intelligence

  • Natural Language Processing for Indigenous AI
  • Training Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) for Language Models
  • Iot Analytics R&D
  • AI image classifiers in the ArcGIS Field Apps

Data Science

  • Remastering the Past Initiative
  • Building Digital Infrastructure
  • Drone Mapping
  • Water Testing
  • Ethnobotany Location Analytics

SMART Solutions for Tribal Communities:

Using Machine Learning and AI to Change

the Way We Think About Economic Development


Mato Ohitika is currently working on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence  Research and Development to create unique data science digital infrastructure for tribes to use in nation building, strategic planning, and economic development.


Please contact Mato Ohitika Analytics to learn more about this.

Keywords: Data Sovereignty, American Indian, Native American, Data Science, Data Analytics, Data Analysis, Statistics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, nation building, community building, tribal sovereignty, American Indian tribes, federal indian law.