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Tuesday October 13, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Launches a Sister Nonprofit Organization Called the Mato Ohitika Foundation to Bring Data Science Education to Underrepresented Students and Communities.

After months of planning Mato Ohitika has formed a nonprofit organization the Mato Ohitika Foundation "to provide scientific and educational services to underrepresented communities through data science related activities to responsibly bridge science and culture using the principles of data sovereignty."

The Mato Ohitika Foundation has been designed to bring data science to communities that have lack of representation and to create powerful educational outcomes for students and communities alike. Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC is proud to be a strategic benefactor of the foundation and looks forward to creating meaningful partnerships into the future and beyond.

Here's the Link:

The Mato Ohitika Foundation

Tuesday October 13, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Invited to Speak at a Panel Discussion at the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) Annual Meeting, October 15, 2020

Dr. Robertson has been invited to speak at the ADSA Annual meeting panel this Thursday to discuss his work on Data Sovereignty, Data Science, and Education issues facing tribal nations.

From Data Sovereignty to Data Science: Implications for American Indian Self-Determination

Lea Shanley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; James Rattling Leaf Sr., University of Colorado-Boulder and Principal, Rattling Leaf Consulting LLC in Black Hawk, South Dakota.

American Indian Tribes have long been concerned about ownership, control, and access to data about their lands, resources, communities, and families. The development of sophisticated technologies for data collection and analysis, such as high-resolution remote sensing, GIS and machine learning, have heightened these concerns.

Tribal concerns about the potential misuse of data include, but are not limited to: infringement on individual and group privacy; misappropriation of intellectual property and its use for commercial gain; misinterpretation or discrediting of cultural practices; abrogation of treaty rights; and the impact on the Federal-Tribal Trust relationship.

Protecting tribal data from potential misuse, while at the same time ensuring access for tribes and their members, will require a creative combination of technical, legal, policy, and organizational research and solutions. Several initiatives have begun to tackle these issues head on, including the development of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance, the launch of IEEE P2890: Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples Data, the international growth of the Indigenous Data Sovereignty networks including the Global Indigenous Data Alliance, and the rise of Indigenous biological and data repositories (or “biobanks”) such as the Native BioData Consortium. Tribal governments also will strengthen their sovereignty by building capacity to understand and use these emerging technologies to their own advantage. Data science is the new frontier in Self-Determination.

Additional panelists: Joseph Robertson, Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC, Krystal Tsosie, Vanderbilt University and co-Founder, Native BioData Consortium; Randall Akee, Associate Professor, University of California-Los Angeles.

Link to the ADSA Meeting: ADSA Annual Meeting

Sunday October 11, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Releases South Dakota Time Series

Prediction: September 26, 2020 to October 8, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC has been busy working on a new time series using state data from The Covid Tracking Project. This prediction was a result of a new new time cube I designed to predict state outcomes nationwide.


Over the last two weeks, South Dakota's Covid-19 trajectory has been unchecked and clearly the virus has not been contained. The time series forecast using an exponential kernel below shows a quite conservative prediction that as of October 8, 2020, was quite low in comparsion to the CTP's actual numbers. As outlined below, I surmised by the forest-based forecasting the actual value would most likely approach the upper confidence level by October 8th, which it did.

Predicted: Upper Confidence Level: 26,852 Cases

Actual: Covid Tracking Project's SD Confirmed plus probable: 26,411

Actual: Covid Tracking Project's SD Confirmed: 25, 961

This exploratory process is crucial in the continued fight against Covid-19. More Soon.

MOA_SD_Covid_Cumulative_ 9_24_20

Thursday August 13, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Releases Current Research Statement

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC is pleased to release the current company research statement.


This statement was designed to provide some context to all of the different avenues the Data Sovereignty Initiative has been exploring in 2020 in addition to the Covid-19 Space Time Cube work that is ongoing.

Please have a look !


Tuesday July 21, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Joins ESRI, the Leader in GIS as a Bronze Partner

Mato Ohitika is pleased to announce Mato Ohitika Analytics has joined the ESRI Partner Network at the Bronze Level. I want to thank ESRI for this partnership and hope to continue to bring citizen science to forefront in all we do.


In the spirit of this great partnership, I am announcing a new student driven citizen science project. I invite you all to share in this great celebration by watching a short video of the project below.


Many thanks to ESRI and I look forward to many future successes!

Tuesday July 21, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC Announces Citizen Science Initiative to provide Covid-19 mapping data to underrepresented students.

Mato Ohitika is pleased to announce a new project for mapping Covid-19. Over the past few months, I have compiled a massive amount of data in creating map series. As the conversation of Covid-19 has drastically changed, so have my priorities.


Today I want to present The Data Sovereignty Initiative Covid-19 Mapping Project. I will have additional details about the first closed Alpha test with a small cohort of students to start out with.


Stay Tuned!

If you have questions about the project email your inquires to:

The Video is Now Hosted on

Mato Ohitika's Data Science Sister Site on Vimeo

Wednesday June 10, 2020                                                                                                     

Mato Ohitika Analytics has been working on a state emerging trends and hot spots to better understand local county influences during the Covid-19 Pandemic still occurring in the United States. This pandemic is not over and despite our government's denial of this fact, we need to stay diligent in reporting the facts as we know them and as they come in.

Here is a preview:


Thursday May 16, 2020

Upcoming: Seeding Our Future:

MMIW Solutions for Wisconsin

Mato Ohitika has been invited as a webinar panel guest to discuss his ongoing work with Menikanaehkem, Inc., a Native grass roots organization located in Wisconsin on the Menominee Indian Reservation, on asserting data sovereignty in Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) issues through grass roots movements and collaboration. 

Dr. Robertson will present some topics of his current work from the Data Sovereignty Initiative and how this framework is helping create data driven solutions using data collection, strategic planning, and nation building to help Menikanaehkem unify an existing collective of partners using data science.

He will also speak about his most recent work in MMIW with the Brave Heart Society, a Native grass roots organization located on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The Zuya Winyan Wicayu’onihan Project, Honoring Warrior Women is a cultural risk assessment in studying police capacity with the potential influx of thousands of men into mancamps to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.

This study is part of broader strategy for harm reduction as it relates to the safety of women and children in fossil fuel intrusions such as the KXL project.

Take the Seeding Our Future, MMIW Solutions for Wisconsin Series I Community Assessment Survey:

Series I MMIW Community Survey (Closed 5/30/20)

Thank you for all that participated!

Let your Voice be Heard!

Thursday May 7, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics has released Phase IV & Phase V of the preliminary analysis of the Covid-19 Space Time Cube.

This includes multiple map series of the Covid-19 Virus confirmed cases that were constructed using a Space Time Cube (STC).

The data is courtesy of USA Facts, Thank you!

Here is the full project by Phase:

To make things easier to navigate I have prepared an easy index to the map series found below:

Set I - The Nationwide Covid-19 Confirmed Cases in the US by County


  1. The set of maps using the Mann-Kendall Test for trends in the US by county, nationwide.
  2. The set of maps showing the Emerging Hot Spots in the US by county nationwide.

Sunday May 3, 2020                                                                                                     

Mato Ohitika Analytics will release Phase IV of the preliminary analysis of the Covid-19 data the week of May 4, 2020.

This includes multiple map series of the Covid-19 Virus confirmed cases that were constructed using a Space Time Cube (STC).

The two primary series looks at US county level to understand trends over 100 days of the pandemic through the end of April 2020, where in six short weeks confirmed cases grew to over one million and killed over 60,000 Americans. This exploratory process has provided a space time perspective needed in understanding the real time shift to opening up the country with little data or guidelines used in decisions making.

Below is a map preview of the final STC mapping project. More very soon!

Covid-19 Map Preview: Mann-Kendall Trends Test US Counties Confirmed Cases

January 22, 2020 to April 30, 2020

(March 8th) 47 Days vs. (April 30)100 days

Mato Ohitika Analytics Covid 19 US Emerging Trends Confirmed 3-08-20
Mato Ohitika Analytics Covid 19 US Emerging Trends Confirmed 3-30-20
Mato Ohitika Analytics Covid 19 US Emerging Trends Confirmed 4-30-20

Thursday April 23, 2020                                                                                                     

Mato Ohitika Analytics has released Phase III of the preliminary analysis of the Covid-19 data.

You can find it here:

Tuesday April 21, 2020                                                                                                     

Mato Ohitika Analytics has released Phase II of the preliminary analysis of the Covid-19 data.

You can find it here:

This map series of my space time cube will be in Phase III coming in the next few days. Look for it!

 Friday April 10, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics has released Phase I of the preliminary analysis of the Covid-19 data.

You can find it here:

I will have a map series soon to accompany this introduction. More soon.

Monday March 23, 2020

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, Central China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic. As this phenomenon reached the United States in January of 2020, the number of cases like other countries outside of China had begun to sky rocket.

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC has begun an independent analysis of the data that is publically available and will be releasing some of MOA's findings in the very near future. It is important that we provide the public the best information from many different perspectives through citizen science. Stay Tuned.

Monday January 13, 2020

Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC called to Testify on behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe at the South Dakota Department of Environmental & Natural Resources (DENR) Water Management Board Hearings in Regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline Water Permits. (Pierre, SD January 13, 2020).

Dr. Joseph Robertson has been called to testify as a lay witness on behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe as to the public interest and beneficial use of water in regard to multiple water permits TransCanada has applied for to provide water to the proposed man camps in the South Dakota corridor of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Dr. Robertson has been working on a risk assessment to study harm reduction related to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) on behalf of the Brave Heart Society and the Yankton Sioux Tribe to study police capacity. 

This assessment provides some basic evidence of the lack of police capacity near the Yankton and Rosebud

Reservations to handle the sudden influx of men coming into these camps.

Mato Ohitika Analytics will be making available to the public the release of the Zuya Winyan Wicayu’onihan (Honoring Warrior Women) Project Brief that describes the nature of this project.

Dr. Robertson's testimony was provided on January 13, 2020 at the Visitor Center adjacent to the state capitol at approximately 8:30 am and the story was picked up by Keloland Capitol News Bureau:

I want to thank the Brave Heart Society and the Yankton Sioux Tribe for this opportunity to present my findings in these important issues Native and Non-Native communities face in the man camp intrusions with the approval of these water permits.

Quick Info:

Water Management Board

January 13-14, 2020

Visitor Center

Adjacent to the State Capitol Building

Pierre, SD