As the Native American Practice Group leader at Procopio, I work in the community with strong, thoughtful leaders who are on the frontlines of self-governance and defining the contours of sovereignty nationally and internationally. It is from this place that Procopio works in partnership with the Maataam Naka Shin and Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) to release a first-of-its-kind mobile application designed to raise interest and awareness about San Diego’s Indigenous museums, exhibits, businesses, lands and public sites of interest. This app can lead to increased understanding of indigenous communities, greater economic self-determination and empower tribally-owned businesses by connecting residents and visitors to the City of San Diego with Native places of interest in our community.
And it couldn’t come at a better time. The free app, called Indigenous San Diego, premieres this week at the 72nd National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Convention and Marketplace where more than 4,000 participants from the 567 tribal governments are expected to attend. While its initial release will be focused on the NCAI Convention, the app will have much broader appeal, and it will continue to grow in both scope and in its use.
We will be at the Marketplace in Booth 106 to explain more about the Indigenous San Diego app and provide assistance on how to download it. We would love to meet you and hear of your ideas and what you would like to read about in upcoming Blogging Circle posts.
We are extremely proud to be part of this exciting initiative in which we leverage technology to increase public awareness and understanding of historic and current actions of Tribal communities, and in doing so, further knowledge about this vital part of the San Diego culture and economy.
The mobile app can be downloaded on Procopio’s website here. Features connect users to:
- Tribal museums
- Cultural trails and landmarks
- Public museums with indigenous exhibits
- Tribal-owned businesses
- Tribal lands
- Higher education
Ted is the leader of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. He works to connect tribal leaders in the community and create spaces for community development and economic empowerment in Indian Country in his practice. Connect with Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 619.515.3277.