(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

GIS, internal colonialism, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PALMER M. (1) ; RUNDSTROM R. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability , Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, ETATS-UNIS


This article analyses the history of geographic information systems development within the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The main finding is that across four decades of effort, the BIA’s pursuit of GIS is better understood as an effort to perpetuate its internal colonial agenda and its own bureaucratic existence during an era of rapid technological upheaval rather than as a trustee’s effort to better manage resources for the greater good of American Indians. It concludes that rather than revolutionizing institutions and setting them on new trajectories toward self-improvement as some have suggested, GIS development is often merely a part of a broader and historically consistent pattern of policymaking and behavior


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 103, no5 [pp. 1142-1159]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 2 tabl.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2012.720233

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