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A Data Companion to Beyond Standing Rock

"A Data Companion to Beyond Standing Rock" illuminates the intersection of geography, energy development and tribal sovereignty in the United States through a series of maps.

In this repository, you’ll find information about the data sources, relevant notes about the data, and links to downloads of the shape files (where available). You’ll also find a PDF version of the printable data companion, as well as standalone images of each of the data vignettes.

How to print and fold your own map booklet

  1. Download the BSR-data-companion.pdf file - warning, it's 48 MB, so a bit large!
  2. The maps work best when printed in full color on 11”x17” paper/tabloid size (you can also scale to 8 ½”x11” paper)
  3. Print the map using a double-sided setting
  4. First, fold long-wise, with the “Beyond Standing Rock” cover on the outside
  5. Next, fold short-wise, again keeping the cover on the outside
  6. Enjoy!

Like this:

map folding gif

National map: Tribal lands and fossil fuel reserves

Data source for historical map:

  • Shape files of historical Indian lands are from Claudio Saunt of the University of Georgia, adapted from the ehistory.org project, “The Invasion of America” and used with permission. View an interactive map of the tribal lands over time here, or a video here.

Data sources for present-day map:

  • Indian reservations and areas are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER/Line files, American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Areas, 2016. These are the legal and statistical areas for which the U.S. Census Bureau provides data, and are outlined in detail here. Note that these include reservations as well as other types of designated tribal areas, such as the Tribal Statistical Areas in Oklahoma, which are the site of a former reservation. This does not show land ownership (which can vary within these geographies) or mineral rights. Ownership and management of lands and natural resources are a complex patchwork, as you can see in the Southern Ute map.
  • Coal fields of the U.S. data is from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). More information is available here and you can download PDF version of the coal fields map here.
  • U.S. tight oil shale and gas plays (for the lower 48 states) data is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Alaska oil and gas areas are from the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, statewide area sale boundaries, available here
  • State boundaries are from U.S. Census Bureau, available here. We used 20m resolution, updated in 2015.

Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access

Data Sources

Check out this post for a peek behind the scenes at the process of making this map.

Southern Ute oil and gas developments

Data Sources

  • Natural gas pipelines (interstate and intrastate) and natural gas processing plants are from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s energy mapping system.
  • Oil and gas wells are from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s wells database, available here
  • Land ownership data is from the Bureau of Land Management, available here
  • Major roads and local roads are from the Colorado Department of Transportation, available here

Bears Ears National Monument and Utah land conflicts

Data Sources


This project was produced by Jordan Wirfs-Brock for Inside Energy. For more info about these maps, email jordanwb@gmail.com. For more information about the documentary, “Beyond Standing Rock,” visit beyondstandingrock.org.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. cc-by-nd-4.0