Land and Culture Laboratory
The Land and Culture Laboratory is specifically designed to increase collaboration and engagement between students, researchers, and indigenous peoples across miles and cultures. The Laboratory is equipped with GIS mapping technology that helps to train students to track spatially related historical, social, and cultural issues. Long distance video communication along with reception and storage of broadcast programming – including news programs and RSS feeds –enable classes to track cultural events from indigenous communities, whether in New Zealand, Norway, or Wolf Point Montana. Computing capabilities and interactive displays facilitate teaching and research applications, which includes access to databases, satellite images, and high-resolution maps. With these tools, the Land and Culture Laboratory provides a learning environment in which students and researchers can work with community partners to conduct projects of value and solve real-world problems.