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National American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN)
Geospatial Map Tutorial

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Thank you for exploring our AIAN geospatial map. The Questions and Answers (Q+As) found below are based on feedback from our employees and the public!

For an optimal user experience, use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) 11, please refer to the instructions below to set up your browser for the best user experience.

If you have questions about the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) data, email:

Please feel free to email any additional questions or comments regarding the map to:

How to open a map

To open the map, click anywhere on the image that says "CLICK HERE". Some browsers may need additional configuration.

Screen capture of AIAN Geospatial Map

How to navigate a map

You can begin exploring the map using the navigation tools, located at the top of the map. You will find the (+), (home), (-), and (search) buttons:

Map navigation tools

Use the (+) or (-) navigation keys to zoom in, or zoom out on the map.

zoom in and zoom out map tools

Use the (home) button to return the map back to its original size.

home map tool to revert map to original size

Note: If you click and hold the left button on your mouse, you can move the map. Also, you can use your mouse wheel to zoom-in and zoom-out.

How to use the map's search feature

To locate your nearest Video Service Delivery (VSD) site use the Search Button located under the zoom and home buttons.

Map search button

Click on the magnifying glass to open the search box.

Map search box

Type in the desired zipcode or city and state. Press ENTER or click the magnifing glass button again to automatically recenter the map and zoom to the submitted location.

Map search by city and state

Refer to the map legend for the symbols used on each map. (e.g. AIAN map legend below)

Screenhot of the AIAN map legend

Note: If no symbols are visible on the map, you may need to zoom in or out.

How to view details on a map

Click on any symbol on the map to reveal a pop-up box with additional information regarding that feature.

example of feature details on map

How to configure Internet Explorer (IE) 11 for map navigation

Internet Explorer (IE) 11 users may need to perform the following steps to access the navigation on our AIAN map. Verify that you have administrator rights to your computer before beginning.

  1. Open the TOOLS menu from the IE 11 menu bar.

    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Menu Bar


    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Menu Bar

  3. Select the SECURITY tab, make sure that TRUSTED SITES is highlighted, and click on the SITES button.

    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Internet Options Securty Tab

  4. Enter in the box and click the ADD button.

    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Trusted Sites pop-up window

  5. Once the website has been added to the Trusted Sites list, Click the CLOSE button.

    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Trusted Sites pop-up window

  6. Use the REFRESH button on the map webpage to reload the page, or click Open Government Map Gallery to begin

    Screen capture of Internet Explorer Page Refresh Button