Joseph Robertson, PhD is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. He currently the CEO and Chief Data Scientist of Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC, a Native owned startup company that has developed a concept called the Data Sovereignty Initiative. It is a native-centric horizontal governance framework designed to create SMART solutions for tribal communities. The fundamental reason that he has pursued this area of study is to provide an ethical, cultural, and community based consultancy that is designed by an American Indian, for nation building to assist tribal communities with economic development, strategic planning, and data driven decision-making using data science.
Joseph holds a PhD in Computational Science and Statistics, and a Master of Science in Statistics from South Dakota State University, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. Joseph is an educator and has spent a number of years working in the Indian Education teaching mathematics and statistics. These SMART solutions can inform any number of decisions including cultural tourism assets using the concept of data sovereignty, a new frontier in thinking about tribal sovereignty. His talk will discuss how his PhD dissertation was created for this purpose.