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For Release: January 4, 2001

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Native Americans Go High-Tech with New Global Information System

"Fundamentals of Remote Sensing", a course taught by a geology professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio is now available at Minnesota's Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC), thanks to a partnership between NASA Glenn Research Center and the OhioView Consortium.

Dr. Richard Beck will use a televideo conferencing facility to link up with the Geographical Information System (GIS) Laboratory at LLTC in Cass Lake, MN. Beck will teach the remote sensing course beginning on January 8.

As part of the collaboration, the Native American Remote Sensing Inc. (NARSINC), and the Water Resources Office at the Leech Lake Reservation will develop a custom GIS with five applications: increase the wild rice harvest, maple syrup tapping, fish and wildlife management, water resource management, and digitizing maps for reservation boundaries.

Glenn's electrical engineering technician, David R. Plumer, is the Native American Liaison for the project selected by the NASA Native American Advisory Council, an advisory group managed by Glenn's Office of Equal Opportunity. Plumer will organize communication between the various partners in the project: GRC, UC, NARSINC and LLTC.

The OhioView Consortium is an educational outreach program in remote sensing that is designed to increase awareness, develop applications and decrease costs. Partners include Glenn, the U.S. Geological Survey EROS (Earth Resources Observation Systems) Data Center, OhioLINK, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, OARnet (Ohio Academic Resources Network), NREN (NASA Research and Education Network) and a consortium of eight universities in Ohio: Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, Miami University, the University of Akron and the University of Toledo.

For more information on the new LLTC course, please visit:

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