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How to Use Data From Grist’s Land Grab University 2.0 Investigation

February 21 , 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EST

Learn how to use state trust land data from Grist’s latest bombshell project, a follow-up to the 2020 High Country News investigation, which examined how land grant institutions got their land and money. We’ll show you how to use our data set on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming – states with Trust Lands that benefit land grant institutions. Grist has examined publicly available state data to locate trust lands associated with land grant universities, established their provenance, analyzed the revenue those lands produce for their associated colleges, and researched the activities states engaged with to generate income, such as timber harvesting, oil and gas extraction, and agriculture. We reconstructed approximately 8.1 million acres of land, currently producing income for 14 land-grant universities, taken from 146 Indigenous nations through more than 100 violence-backed land cessions, a legal term for the giving up of territory. Grist editor at large Tristan Ahtone and spatial data analyst Maria Parazo Rose will show you how to use this data to do your own reporting.


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