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Tribal Transportation News
March 22, 2021

Happening Soon .........................

March 23-25, 2021

Back to the future in Indian Country: Reflecting on 2020, reimagining 2021

This conference is the premier education and networking event for tribal land professionals from across Indian Country. The conference will include more than 20 online sessions that will highlight this year's them. As usual there will be a variety of compelling topics, including:
  • Fee-to-trust
  • Land use planning
  • Understanding Section 169
  • NEPA regulations
  • Indian Law Case - McGirt v. Oklahoma
  • Tribal Transportation Self Governance Program
  • Section 17 corporations

Registration cost is just $50 per person. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the website.
Intertribal Transportation Association (ITA)

Thursday, March 25 @ 10:00 Pacific Time
via Zoom
Tribal Consultation ...

The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that it is holding virtual Tribal consultation with American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribes on its implementation of Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, consistent with the Presidential Memorandum of January 26, 2021.
The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a virtual Tribal consultation on March 24, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Meetings Scheduled .........................

Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
@ 10:00 am Central Time

Next Meeting

April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 Pacific Time

This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Details will be posted on Cross Timbers website as they become available. You may also contact your TTPCC regional representative for details.

These are newly posted or upcoming soon opportunities. For a more complete listing click on the Training Opportunities tab at the top of the page.
FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation Webinar Reminder

USDOT R.O.U.T.E.S. Initiative, LRTP Implementation Plan, Innovative Financing

April 21, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) is an initiative to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure. Specifically, rural transportation infrastructure’s unique challenges need to be considered in order to meet our Nation’s priority transportation goals of safety and economic competitiveness.
Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Implementation will discuss how to use the LRTP to identify discretionary grant opportunities and innovative financing mechanisms.
The webinar will also highlight how rural areas have used Innovative Financing to successfully fund projects.
Tribal Project Showcase: Sharon Ray, Acting Director, Seneca Nation of Indians Department of Transportation

Misty Klann FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation
Robert Hyman, USDOT ROUTES Initiative
Alex Clegg, USDOT ROUTES Initiative
Jill Stark, FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty
Peter Mancauskas, FHWA Center for Innovative Finance Support

The FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation webinars have facilitated the sharing of information with the transportation departments of Tribal Governments. These webinars will continue to be delivered on a monthly basis. As it becomes available, information on the webinars will be posted on the FHWA OTT Webinar web page,
Registration is not necessary. Connection information can be found along with additional information and detailed descriptions of each session on the FHWA OTT Webinar web page shown above. Recordings of each session will also be posted on the same web page.
Each session will be approximately 90 minutes long. Session details, including webinar and teleconference information, can be found at  
Coronavirus Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act

The recent “Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021” authorized an additional $114,568,862 for activities eligible under the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP). FHWA applied a small administrative takedown, as allowed by the Act, which leaves a balance of $114,454,293 for distribution under the TTP formula as Tribal Shares.
The Act does not provide for the usual set-asides for Safety, Bridge, Planning or Program Management and Oversight (PM&O). All funding will be distributed as Tribal Shares in accordance with 25 CFR 170.201. Reporting requirements stated in 25 CFR 170.240 will apply to the use of these funds.
Additional information will be provided when the funds are made available.
Thank you!

Thank you for responding to our survey! We will be implementing some of your suggestions in future newsletters. Congratulations to the winner of the Pendleton blanket: James Keo, Jr. with the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. 
We need your help ..............

Help Cross Timbers keep this newsletter current for Indian Country. Please email us any information about meetings, training, funding opportunities, legislation, etc. that impacts Tribal Transportation. Email the information to Carla Edwards and we will consider it for inclusion.

We would like to add a "Tribal Project Spotlight" section to our newsletter. This would be to showcase any transportation project completed or in process. It also could be for a successful funding of a project - like BUILD or Safety grants. If you have a project that you would be willing to share, please email a write-up and pictures to Carla Edwards.
We have a new look for our website. Check it out and let us know what you think:

Keep checking back on the News & Events page of the website. We are adding new information regularly.
Federal Regs

Do you need a bound copy of the Tribal Transportation Program federal regulations - 25CFR Part 170?
Just email us with your name, tribe, address, and how many copies you would like. We will put them in the mail to you. (We still have a few copies left.)
PO Box 567
Guthrie, OK 73044
Cross Timbers staff pictured (from left to right): Tom Edwards, Carla Edwards, Chuck Tsoodle, Pamela Jurney, David Monnie, Rachael Cooper, John Edwards. (Not pictured, Randal Oberlag)