Hi, iNat forum! I’m new here. Feel free to correct me if/when I’m going about things the wrong way.
I don’t understand why reservations aren’t recognized as places, but they should be. Other political boundaries are recognized. I created one, but I have zero relevant skills for doing that (and the polygon tool is not great, or at least, I need more practice with it). I don’t think it would be hard for iNat to do this. These are already well-defined places (despite some land disputes) and there are fewer than 300 in the U.S. so it wouldn’t be a huge undertaking. It’s fine if the location name defaults to the town(ship), but choosing for the location name to be the rez you’re on should at least be an option. Right now, for the one I created, reservation wasn’t even a category/type of place I could choose. That’s a super quick fix.
This matters because it helps people recognize whose land they’re on, which in turn can make them aware of land use policies/restrictions. It’s also important to increase the visibility of marginalized communities and to respect tribal sovereignty.
If any GIS nerds have advice on how that could be accomplished (or wants to tell me why it’s not as simple as I think it should be), I’m interested to hear about that.