[Tagging] Tribal boundaries: How do we map them?

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sat Oct 27 17:49:50 GMT 2012

I'm trying to get a grasp on a better way to tag tribal administrative
regions.  In places like Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and the Dakotas,
these are often well marked, and generally represent significant changes in
legal sovereignty, anywhere from less than that of a county (such as Grand
Ronde) to on par with or greater than a state (Cherokee, Sac and Fox,
Osage, Pawnee, etc) or even another country (Iroquois, which straddles the
US/Canadian boundary, Iroquois do their customs at the Iroquois/Canada or
Iroquois/US border, everyone else at the US/Canada line).  In places like
Oklahoma, where many such tribal boundaries exist with a relatively high
degree of sovereignty, omission of these important boundaries makes the map
quite incomplete.

What's the best way to handle this situation?  I understand this would
result in US, Canada and Australia maps looking significantly different
than commercial maps, but my understanding is we're trying to be more
accurate than those maps, not look the same as them.
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