Indigenous Planning & Mapping: Community Engagement Tools and Strategies for The Brownfields Redevelopment Process

KSU Tribal TAB

Theodore Jojola, Michaela Shirley, Cynthia Annett, & Blase Leven

University of New Mexico Indigenous Design + Planning Institute

Kansas State University Tribal Technical Assistance to Brownfields

8:00 AM Indigenous Planning 101 presentation (Ted & Michaela)

8:45 AM Demographics workshop & demographics presentations up to 2 tribes (Ted & Michaela)

10:45 AM Community/Asset Mapping workshop & preliminary discussion about maps (Ted & Michaela)

11:45 AM Wrap-up and overview of second half of the day. Questions/Comments. (team)

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Hands-on community mapping activity with discussion (Cynthia)

4:00 PM Exploring other ways to successfully engage with community (Blase)

4:30 PM Debrief about the day. Questions/Comments/Feedback. Evaluation handout. (team)

Activity #1

Explore census data and EPA facilities data using My Maps

1. We will count off and assign a number to each of you; your number will correspond to one of the Brownfields sites in the map below.

2. Click on the icon on the upper left side to expand the layers panel. Click on and off different layers and take a look at them.

3. Click on the map icon (the black circle with your number) and look at the information in the side panel.

4. Click on the link for the facilities report. What can you learn from the EPA report on the Brownfield site?

5. Click on the link for the demographic report. What can you learn from the US Census Bureau report on the 3 mile area around the Brownfield site?

6. Turn to the person sitting next to you and explain what you have learned - take turns discussing your sites and compare them.


These are the files and links to the tools that were used to make the map in Activity #1. You will make a similar map yourself for your own community in Activity #2 below.

Facility look up

EPA EnviroMapper

Activity #2

Create a My Maps from your asset map and add environmental and demographic data

Begin by downloading a file from the EPA Enviromapper for information about Brownfields sites in your community (see instructions below). Once you have the spreadsheet file saved to your laptop we will create a My Maps and use the spreadsheet to create a base layer for the map.

EPA Database

Once you have the Enviromapper spreadsheet saved, go to and if you need to, sign into your Google Account.

In your Google Drive create a new folder. (Instructions below).

In your project folder create a My Maps.

Import your spreadsheet file with Brownfields sites from Enviromapper that you saved on your laptop.

Click on a Brownfields site and look at the information. Copy the site registration number and use the facilities look up to find information about the site and about demographics (instructions below).

Facilties and Demographics

Add the Tribal Lands boundaries to your map - these are in two files and will require two layers (files below). Begin by clicking on a file and then downloading it to your laptop. Do the same with the second file. Note: Don't worry that it doesn't display in your browser, just click the blue download button and select where to save it on your laptop.

To add them to your map go back to your My Maps, click on Add Layer, then click Import and import one of the files from your laptop.

Now we have our base layers with the locations of Brownfields sites, information on Demographics, and the boundaries of Tribal Lands. It is time to switch gears and add the points, lines and shapes from your paper asset map that you created in the morning session. We will do this by adding layers (we can have up to 10 layers total) and drawing on the map.

Add points, lines and polygons to your My Maps to add content from your paper map (see instructions below).

Add text, photos and video to your map markers.

Style your map using custom icons, changing colors, and setting the default view.

Asset Mapping Using Google My Maps

Custom Icons

You can use the custom icon set developed by the University of Victoria Ethnographic Mapping Lab

Wrap up

Look at the map that you created. How does it compare to the paper asset map that you made? In what ways were you limited by working with paper, and in what ways were you limited by working digitally?

Turn to the person sitting next to you and share your maps. Take turns explain what you have created to tell the story of your community.