Indian Affairs | Geospatial

Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support



ArcGIS version 10.2.1  is now available for both the BIA and tribal participants. For more information, refer to the What's New in ArcGIS 10.2.1 document or Esri's ArcGIS Resources web page.

Learn more about the previous ArcGIS version 10.2 by watching this introductory video.

This is a reminder that Esri has phased out the complimentary use of Bing Maps. Use of Bing Maps through ArcGIS was retired on December 31, 2013. If you would like to continue using Bing Maps, you will need to obtain a Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft. More Bing Map information can found by referring to Esri's Bing FAQ. 

The April to September 2014 OTSGS Training Schedule has been released. Sign up early to guarantee your spot. Please submit your registration form by email or by fax to 303.231.5229. Registration forms can be found at the end of the training schedule. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many training sessions.

OTSGS is maintaining the deployment of ArcMap v10, v10.1, v10.2, and 10.2.1.Users upgrading from v10 or v10.1 will no longer need to uninstall the previous version. Users may recognize some changes to the OTSGS License Manager. Please see the links below for more information. 

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The DOI-BIA ESRI Enterprise License Agreement (ELA)

The current Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) between Esri and the Department of the Interior (DOI), USGS BPA No. G09PA00003, was amended by Addendum 2008BPA4818 on October 1, 2008, and has been extended through September 30, 2018.

The BIA, Federally Recognized Tribal Entities (FRTE) and PL 93-638 compacted organizations can obtain specific Esri products through the Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS) at no cost. The OTSGS administers the configuration, distribution, and support of the Esri products related to the Agreement.

The ELA provides the following:

  • ArcGIS core software and most extensions
  • Select Virtual Campus Standard Subscription courses and workshops
  • Paid maintenance for existing products
  • A limited number of Esri specialty products
  • Discounts on purchases of other Esri and third-party royalty products
  • Technical Support: All technical support inquiries should be directed to the OTSGS Help Desk  

Please read the OTSGS ELA Participation Policy. 

Product List

View ArcGIS 10.2 Product List. 

The items in the list are available at no cost to approved applicants. Use the list of products and part numbers to help you complete your order. Please note that new Esri Virtual Campus Online Courses are added to the product list frequently.

System requirements for ArcGIS v10 orders: minimum system requirements prior to installation.

System requirements for ArcGIS v10.1 orders: minimum system requirements prior to installation.  

How to Obtain GIS Software 

Prospective ELA members: Contact the OTSGS Help Desk and request an application and a New Order Packet. An ELA Coordinator will help you with your application.

Existing ELA members: Your Primary Contact can contact the OTSGS Help Desk for order forms, product lists and more. An ELA Coordinator will work with you to update your software. 

Please be aware that, under the current DOI-Esri License Agreement, the OTSGS will not automatically send upgrades for existing software licenses. Contact the OTSGS Help Desk to request software upgrades.

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Product News

For the latest information about Esri Products visit ESRI Products.

ArcGIS for Desktop v10 Service Pack 5 download available here.

ArcGIS for Desktop v10.1 Service Pack 1 download available here.

ArcGIS for Server v10.1 Service Pack 1 contact the OTSGS at or 877.293.9494.

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Other ESRI Products  

Esri products not listed in the Product List may be available for purchase at a discount. Approved applicants may use Requisitions, credit cards, or Purchase Orders to acquire those products. Price quotes can be requested by contacting Justin Hoffmaster, Esri Federal Customer Service Representative, email or phone 888.377.4575, extension 1-2572.  

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ESRI Events

Click here to view current ESRI Events.

Here are some of upcoming Esri events in 2014:  

February 10-12 Federal GIS Conference in Washington D.C.

March 10-13 International Developer Summit in Palm Springs, California 

April 25–26 Petroleum GIS Conference in Houston, Texas

May 5–7 Southeast User Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina

July 14–18 International User Conference in San Diego, California


OTSGS Geospatial Training 

The Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS) provides GIS training to BIA offices and employees of Federally Recognized Tribal Entities. There is no tuition cost for this training. Expenses for transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Training courses are taught at the OTSGS Lakewood Training Facility in Lakewood, Colorado, and various field locations. Training dates and availability are subject to change at the discretion of the OTSGS.

The OTSGS Training Schedule for April through September 2014 is now available. All registrations can be faxed to 303.231.5229 or emailed to All questions can be directed to the OTSGS Help Desk at 877.293.9494.

Complete the registration form (the last page of the training schedule)  and fax the printed form to OTSGS Registration at 303-231-5229 or email to Contact OTSGS registration at 877.293.9494 for further questions.   

ELA Program Provides ESRI Virtual Campus Online Training

A select number of Esri Web-based, standard subscription, Virtual Campus GIS courses and workshops are now available, at no cost, through the current Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) between Esri and the Department of the Interior (DOI). Please see the Product List for available courses through the ELA, and contact the OTSGS Help Desk to enroll in courses. Go to ESRI for detailed information about specific courses available in the Product List.

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What is the OTSGS  

The Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS) is a function of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The task began in the 1980s as a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contract to provide geospatial "base-theme" development for Indian Country. Soon after, the task was moved directly under the BIA along with other geospatial endeavors, including geospatial training, and remote sensing which were all executed at the Geographic Data Service Center (GDSC) in Lakewood, CO.  

In 2002, the Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) between the Department of Interior and Esri began. This was the beginning of the shift of funding from geospatial services to license support and administration. During this time, all project-related tasking ended in order to fund the growth and demand for ArcGIS licenses. In an attempt to provide supervision with an information technology influence toward license management, the function was moved to the Indian Affairs IT Data Center in Albuquerque, NM, in 2005.   

The National Geospatial Resource Center (NGRC) focused on the same tasks as the GDSC (software licensing with geospatial training and a support desk). In 2010, this function returned to Lakewood, CO in an attempt to house it with other BIA Office of Trust Services GIS groups. This new function is called the Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS). While the demand for licenses has increased over time, the OTSGS has still been able to support a geospatial support and certified technical training program for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as tribal government employees.   

Today the OTSGS provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, training, and system support for sound management of natural resources on Indian lands such as irrigation flood plain analysis, forestry harvesting, wild land fire analysis, oil and gas management, and other economic analysis. This is accomplished by providing expert technical support in geospatial data technologies to Indian Affairs and Tribal GIS professionals. Direct GIS support is provided to more than 500 IA and 1800 Tribal personnel. OTSGS provides software, training, and system support directly to the tribes (at no cost), which enables them to leverage the technology to assist them with the management of their natural resources.   

The OTSGS is the sole technical support office to the IA and all tribes for GIS as a part of the Department of Interior (DOI) Enterprise License Agreement (ELA). The support activities include software distribution, customer license accounting, Geospatial and technical support of the software, and GIS training and workshop sessions scheduled throughout the year.


2014 Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support