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Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – Eyes in the sky for development, public safety, and recreation

Drones are for more than just appealing aerial videos. Native drone pilots are building careers using drones for scoping out landscapes for construction, searching for lost hikers, and even assessing potentially sacred areas. One First Nations enthusiast sees the novelty factor of drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, as a means to attract young Native people into STEM fields. We’ll talk to Native drone pilots about how they’re using their skills for enterprise and to help make their communities better.


Jacob Taylor (Curve Lake First Nation), CEO of Indigenous Aerospace  

James Grimsleyexecutive director of Advanced Technology Initiatives for the Choctaw Nation 

Robert Hartowner and chief pilot of L.I.D.A.R. Drone Services