Geographic Information System

What is GIS?  How is it used?  What are the primary functions?

    GIS:   A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.  GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.  A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared

    Primary Functions:

      1. Data Inventory and Management
      2. Map Production
      3. GPS fieldwork
      4. Assessment and Analysis of Data and Projects


    Support the Tribe, Departments, and Community Members in mapping Meskwaki assets and resources, preserving the past, and planning for the future

      1. Economic Development
      2. Executive Management
      3. Community Members
      4. Historic Preservation
      5. Housing
      6. Language Preservation
      7. Natural Resources
      8. Police
      9. Public Works
      10. Realty
      11. School
      12. Tribe





      1. http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis
      2. http://wiki.gis.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page


      1. ArcGIS Explorer
      2. Quantum GIS 
      3. Map Window 


      1. ArcGIS Online 
      2. The National Map 
      3. Iowa DNR 


View larger map


Meskwaki Gallery (different webmaps): Online Maps via ArcGIS Online

Google Map:

View Meskwaki Settlement in a larger map

Alternative Basemap:



GIS Staff
GIS Analyst Joshua Sales


Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.4678
321 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339

349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339

Fax: 641.484.4679