On my final night in Tulsa, I'm realizing that I need to move out here. I've discovered a lot about myself in the last six weeks mapping Tulsa and volunteering for the Byron T. Bear Foundation. I learned I'm Cherokee and am now working on getting Cherokee citizenship. The people here are friendly, and compared to Oregon, it's cheap to live and has low unemployment. Hopefully, I can return to Oklahoma soon for college. In the mean time, I'm going to miss this place.
Did quite a bit of map validation and squashed literally hundreds of errors TIGER imported. Oklahoma still needs a lot of help on the map, particularly with TIGER data, lakewalking the bajillion waterway nodes, filling in rivers, correcting turnpike attributes, and cleaning up after random one-off Potlatch novelty edits.
One issue that has come up that I can't quite figure out: How to tag boundaries of autonomous regions within a country? For example, most of the land "inside" Oklahoma is, for all intents and purposes, outside the US on Cherokee, Osage, Creek and various other Indian nation land. In such areas, federal and state authorities usually have no authority whatsoever (and if they do, it's generally minimal and under direct supervision of the tribal authorities). These regions issue their own license plates and passports, have their own governments and law, and are autonomous from the US and the state, and are generally recognized by NAFTA members as autonomous. How to tag?