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National Tribal Transportation Conference
Hilton Anchorage, Alaska
September 22-25, 2014
Registration until September 1 - $375.00
Registration after September 1 - $425.00
For registration and full conference details please visit the NTTC website

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) lists the near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities for the San Francisco Bay Area's surface transportation system--projects that have a federal interest and locally and state-funded regionally significant projects View and comment on the Draft 2015 TIP and Draft Transportation Air Quality Conformity Analysis for Plan Bay Area and Draft 2015 TIP:

  • Online at  

  • At major public libraries in the nine Bay Area counties (For the library closest to you, call MTC's Public Information office at (510) 817-5757, or visit the web link above.)

A public hearing to receive public testimony on both documents is scheduled during MTC's Programming and Allocations Committee meeting on Wed., July 9, 2014, at 9:40 a.m., or immediately following MTC's Administration Committee meeting, whichever occurs later, at 101 Eighth St., Oakland (across from the Lake Merritt BART station). 
The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Submit comments to MTC's Public Information office at 101 Eighth St., Oakland, CA, 94607 or fax to MTC at (510) 817-5848 or send via email to

Caltrans will be hosting a conference call to discuss the newly-released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning; Metropolitan Planning on Wednesday, July 9, from 1:30-3:00pm.  This call will be with stakeholders in general, and the benefit of participating is that you will get to hear the MPO (and other stakeholder) points of view and share yours with them.

In addition, Caltrans will be hosting a tribally-specific phone call for the tribes to discuss this Planning Proposed Rule proposed rule on Friday, July 11, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. During this call, Caltrans will provide an overview of the NPRM from a State DOT perspective.  After that, there will be time for a discussion of any comments you may have on the proposed rule and on related issues you have identified as concerns to Native American communities in the state.  This phone conference is intended to be somewhat of a brainstorming session where can all benefit from the sharing of ideas which will be documented and given to the Caltrans leads so they can be incorporated into the Caltrans comment letter on the Planning NPRM as appropriate.

Finally, I want to remind you that your comments on the first two NPRMS (National Safety Performance Management Measures and Highway Safety Improvement Program) are due on June 30.  Many of the concerns shared during the tribally-specific call for these proposed rules (attached) are reflected in the draft Caltrans letter, and once the draft is approved by management, I will receive a copy to share with you.  I’ve attached the AASHTO comments on these proposed rules as well for your information.  Some of the concerns raised by AASHTO might be of interest to Native American communities, so I suggest you take a look at these. There may be some overlap areas between the various proposed rules, so take these into consideration when reviewing the planning rule.

Garth Hopkins, the Caltrans team lead, and his staff are working with the Native American Liaison Branch to schedule these tribally-focused conference calls, and call in details will be forthcoming.  Please be sure to mark your calendars so that we don’t miss your input in the discussions. 

The National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center (NTGISC)
A non-profit organization that provides assistance with anything GIS related to Native American Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations.  The attached brochure provides more information regarding the NTGISC, or you can go to their website at
The Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS) provides ArcGIS software, 1st tier ArcGIS support and on-line training for BIA and Tribal Governments who are participants in the BIA's Enterprise Licensing Agreement (ELA).  The attached brochure will provide you with more information on the OTSGS, ELA and geospatial training opportunities.  You may also visit their website at
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the NTGISC at 918-937-4487 or the OTSGS help desk at or 1-877-293-9494.

FTA Environmental Justice Training Course Available
FTA is pleased to announce the first pilot offering of our Environmental Justice training course on July 23-24, 2014, held in Chicago, IL.
Development of this training is sponsored by FTA’s Office of Planning and Environment in cooperation with the National Transit Institute.  The training is intended to serve as guidance for practitioners, reviewers, and grantees on effective ways for integrating the consideration of Environmental Justice impacts throughout the transportation planning and project development / NEPA processes.
This training is designed to meet the needs of our grantees, while satisfying the requirements of Executive Order 12898 and U.S. DOT Order 5610.2(a) on Environmental Justice. The pilot is strictly limited to State DOT staff, RPO/MPO staff, and transit agency/provider staff.
If interested in the course, please sign up at:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working to establish a site specific to Native American Data available in FARS. The site is now available.  The information is provided for Native American fatalities, Native American fatalities on Tribal reservations, and all fatalities on Tribal reservations from 2007-2011.  To visit the website go to: WEB REPORT.HTM

CA High Speed Rail Authority has a new Tribal Relations Webpage. It went “live” in early March and can be found at the following web address:

Bureau of Indian Affairs. The BIA Indian Highway Safety Program offers annual funding opportunities. Click here for the BIA Indian Highway Safety FY2014 Plan for your information.

Federal Transit Administration. FTA conducted a Webinar on the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Proposed Program Circular on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  Please be advised that you may access the PowerPoint presentation on  FTA’s  Public Website at the following link:

Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) v2.0 Website
TDAT was designed to help users quickly identify tribes and provide appropriate tribal contact information to assist with initiating Section 106 consultation. Two key aspects of TDAT are its ability to:

  1. Link tribes’ areas of interest down to the county level, and
  2. Perform a variety of queries related to tribes.

TDAT v2.0 was developed by the Office of Environment and Energy’s Environmental Planning Division (EPD) to assist users with Section 106 compliance and tribal consultation.
State reports link tribes to their counties of interest in the particular state. Tribes may reside in or outside of that state. Check back frequently for updates.
For more information visit their web site at

Developing Tribal Transportation Safety Plans Webinar
August 29, 2013 at 12:00pm-2:00pm PST, Recording available at
Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Russell Garcia, Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
Cindi Ptak, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

Tribal Transportation Safety Plans are a critical first step for developing a strategic approach to transportation safety risks. This training will be an overview of a recommended process for developing TTSP. 

MAP-21 sets aside 2% of the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) as TTP Safety Funds (TTPSF) to be made available to tribes on a competitive basis.  The funds will be distributed to tribes to develop strategic plans and implement multi-disciplinary strategies that are most likely to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes that are occurring in Indian Country.    The top priority during the first cycle of funding will be funding the development of Tribal Transportation Safety Plans. The training will also cover key elements for Tribes to consider when applying for TTPSF dollars to develop a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan.

This recorded webinar link will be posted on the FHWA TTP Safety Resources Page soon.  The link to that page is:

FY13 Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) Safety Funds Webinar.Please find below the recorded TTP Safety NOFA webinar Thursday, August 8th, 2013., attached are the fillable SF-424 Form and the PowerPoint slides of the presentation.For more information about preparing and submitting an application, please visit the TTP Safety website at

MAP 21 and Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice FAQ
This webpage is intended to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning environmental justice in the planning and NEPA processes.

Connecting Nevada: Planning Our Transportation Future
The Final Report along with the documents that were created for the study are now available on the Project Documentspage. Additionally an Executive_Summaryis provided for your use.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) launched the Connecting Nevada Plan to provide a comprehensive, statewide, multi-modal planning effort with the goal of improving communication and coordination among partner agencies, geographic areas, and planning efforts.

The website has been redesigned.  Although the look and feel of the site will be different, the content and its functionality will remain the same.  The TTAP Funding links now take you to the Grants,gov  Search web page. The easiest way to find specific grant detail is to locate the Funding Opportunity Number or the CFDA number noted on the TTAP Funding Opportunity and enter either into the new search menu.

The FHWA Office of The Federal Lands Highways has released new Tribal Transportation Program Contact Information


Federal Highway Administration MAP-21 Website

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Federal Transit Administration MAP-21 Website

Programs and New Program Funding Summary


The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is a training and technology transfer resource for Native American tribes in the United States. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), both of which are agencies of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).


In 1993, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized a need to expand the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to serve tribal nations. LTAP centers were originally established by the FHWA in 1982 to enable local government units to improve their transportation networks.

In the same way that the local LTAP centers assist state, county, and city governments, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) centers provide information about the latest technological ideas and improvements related to road and bridge maintenance, repair, construction, and other issues.

There are seven (7) TTAP centers serving Indian Country:

  • Alaska TTAP
  • Western TTAP
  • Colorado TTAP
  • Michigan TTAP
  • Northern Plains TTAP
  • Northwest TTAP
  • Oklahoma TTAP

For more information, go to TTAP Programs where you can find links to each one of the TTAP centers.

TTAP Publications

Printed copies of our in-house publications are available on a first-come, first served basis. Priority is given to Tribal Transportation Personnel. PDF versions of most of our publications are available in the TTAP section of this site.

All our videos, publications and CD-ROMs in our lending library are loaned for a four-week period. Two titles may be borrowed at a time.

To order or borrow materials, please e-mail or fax a request to: or, Fax no. 707-579-9019

To view past issues of publications, videos and Development programs, please visit our website library at: TTAP Resources

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