Ohkay Owingeh, NM
The Ohkay Owingeh team implemented LEWIS, a program to train Native American Pueblo communities to build and deploy a sensor network to assist in wildfire management and early warnings.
The combined impacts of wildfires and subsequent post-wildfire floods have changed the lives and landscapes of New Mexico’s Native American Communities over the past 20 years.
Native American communities, national and state agencies, university researchers, and other stakeholders have all stepped up to contribute to recovery efforts. Beyond recovery, the LEWIS (Low-Cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors) team also initiated the process of fundamentally changing the approach to building resilient communities and landscapes by learning from Pueblo partners. Specifically, Pueblo communities indicated that they can benefit from building and designing their own sensor networks, as opposed to using commercial off-the-shelf sensors. This paradigm shift empowered the community as the sensor builder and ultimately presented a new approach to enhancing community resilience, where sensor solutions are designed and built by the community.