Tribal Transportation News
January 19, 2022
Cross Timbers Consulting's Pamela Jurney Passes AICP Exam

Cross Timbers Consulting would like to announce that Pamela (Skraastad) Jurney is now an official member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 

The American Institute of Certified Planners provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education. (

Pamela is the Planning Project Manager for Cross Timbers Consulting, where she facilitates the NEPA documentation and consultations required for federally funded projects. She has developed dozens of tribal transportation safety plans to give Tribes a competitive edge for transportation safety funds.

With a certified AICP on staff, Cross Timbers has a professional edge to offer our clients. The AICP Certification is quality assurance that we are committed to higher standards of professional practice, continuing education, and ethical standards. If you have any questions or would like more information about the AICP or the process, feel free to contact Pamela.

Congratulations to Pamela on her certification!

Cross Timbers Consulting will assist you with developing strategies to meet your Tribe’s transportation needs as defined in 25 CFR Part 170. Planning considers environmental concerns, cultural resources, and safety issues. Our tribal transportation experience gives us an understanding and insight into the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory (NTTFI). We can reconcile and update your inventory so that it can be integrated, prioritized, and budgeted into your long range transportation plan. Cross Timbers will explore efficient and innovative approaches while complying with federal and state regulations.

We provide the following Planning Services:

Long Range Transportation Planning
Master Planning
Transportation Safety Planning
Transit Planning
Grant Writing


The legislation, which authorizes up to $108 billion for public transportation over five years, is the largest federal investment in transit in the nation’s history. The legislation supports new programs – or supplements existing ones – to enhance safety, modernize and repair transit assets, confront climate change, and improve transit service for communities, including substantial upgrades to station accessibility.

FTA staff will review programmatic changes authorized under the legislation, including creation of four new programs, and how FTA will put funding to work to support transit systems throughout America.
FTA has posted fact sheets for transit agencies, recipients of federal funding, and other transit stakeholders to provide detailed information about planned implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. President Biden signed the legislation, which authorizes up to $108 billion, including $91 billion in guaranteed funding for public transportation, on November 15, 2021.

The fact sheets include information on fiscal year funding allocations, statutory references, eligible recipients, eligible activities, as well as details on new programs or changes to existing programs.

FTA also will conduct webinars and additional outreach in the coming weeks and months to solicit input and support the implementation of this historic investment in public transportation.
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Public Law 117-58, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”) into law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in our Nation’s history. It provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new Federal investment in infrastructure, including in roads, bridges, and mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.

A portion of the BIL is the historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program. The program, to be administered by the Federal Highway Administration, represents the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system – providing $26.5 billion to states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over five years and $825 million for Tribal transportation facilities. The total amount that will be available to states, D.C. and Puerto Rico in Fiscal Year 2022 is $5.3 billion along with $165 million for tribes.

This website, below, will be a critical tool for sharing information, serving as a one-stop shop online for transportation agencies and others interested in learning more about new and existing FHWA programs as well as how to apply for grants and other discretionary funding opportunities available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Project Highlight
Green Bridge Grand Re-Opening
Green Bridge ribbon cutting.
On Wednesday December 22, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. the Pawnee Nation held a Grand Re-Opening for the “Green Bridge”. The bridge was adorned with red, white, and blue bunting and flags. The Pawnee Nation Business Council and speakers were seated under the shadows of the U.S and Pawnee Nation flags. The weather was perfect for this momentous occasion.

Vice President Pawnee Business Council, Jordan Kanuho gave the Opening Welcome and Invocation. He stressed the importance of working together and the collaborative efforts between the Pawnee Nation and the City of Pawnee.
President Pawnee Business Council, Walter Echo-Hawk addressed the attendees next. Mr. Echo-Hawk also acknowledge of the importance of working together and emphasized the willingness to have more collaborative projects with the City of Pawnee in the future.

Pawnee Nation Transportation Manager, Chris McCray provided the Project Details. He stated “The Green Bridge Rehabilitation Project is the culmination of the Pawnee Nation CM/GC Safety and Enhancement Projects suite of projects. The Pawnee Nation was fortunate enough to obtain $1 million of funding through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of this almost $2 million project. The “Green Bridge” is the main gateway into the Pawnee Nation Reserve Complex, and the goal of the project was to rehabilitate this bridge while maintaining the historic aesthetics and increase the structural integrity. The Project team included the Pawnee Nation, City of Pawnee, Builder’s Unlimited, Inc., BridgeCo Contractors, Inc. and CONSOR Engineers, LLC. All of these projects have focused on the safety, sustainability and livability of the Pawnee Nation and Pawnee communities. Any given day there are numerous individuals and families utilizing these new facilities. These projects could not have taken place without the confidence and support from the Pawnee Nation Business Council, the technical support from FHWA and collaborative effort of the Project team.”

Mr. McCray also introduced the Project Team including Vice President/ Project Manager, Cassidy Fisher of Builder’s Unlimited Inc., President Nick Bess of BridgeCo Contractors, Inc., Executive Vice President, Structural Assessment, Gregg Hostetler of CONSOR Engineers, LLC., and Mayor Alice Cottle of the City of Pawnee. Each expressed their thankfulness of being able to work with the Pawnee Nation on this project. It was also mentioned that this project has been submitted for a state and national award for its unique construction method and collaborative efforts of a historic bridge rehabilitation.

Pawnee Nation Executive Director, Brian Kirk provided closing remarks and highlighted what each speaker had discussed about collaborative efforts to make the communities better. Everyone then gathered on the “Green Bridge” to cut the ribbon and have a re-enactment photo of when the bridge was originally opened in 1934. The event was well attended by both tribal and community members alike.

Green Bridge original opening.
Green Bridge grand reopening.

We would love to highlight one of your projects! Just contact us for more information about doing that.
Upcoming Events
MAGIC 2022 Symposium Registration Now Open
Bring your spatial needs and leave with spatial solutions!!! Registration is now open for the 2022 MAGIC Symposium held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO on the beautiful Branson Landing. GIS practitioners from all industries will converge to share experience, knowledge, and ideas that make everything better as only GIS can.

April 11-14, 2022
Branson, MO
Early Registration ends March 4
NCAI Announces 2022 Executive Council Winter Session Dates
February 13-17

The 2022 Executive Council Winter Session is the constitutionally-mandated annual meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)'s Executive Council, one of NCAI's three main governing bodies. As the representative body of NCAI's member tribes, the Executive Council acts on any issues brought upon by its members.
This meeting also presents an opportunity for tribal delegates to meet with members of Congress and the Administration to help strengthen the government-to-government relationship between Tribal Nations and the federal government.
2022 State of Indian Nations Address

Each year, the President of the National Congress of American Indians presents the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public.
To facilitate direct engagement between Congress and Tribal Nations, a member of Congress is invited each year to deliver a Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations. Previous Congressional speakers have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Representative Tom Cole, among others. The event concludes with a live, interactive Q&A session with the audience, press, and those engaging via social media.

Please join us for the 11th Tribal Land Staff National Conference in 2022!. This special gathering will be held April 5-7, 2022 at the Mystic Lake Center, located in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community near Minneapolis. The conference theme is: People, Purpose and Passion: Leading the Way in Tribal Land Management.

The conference will include more than two dozen sessions that will highlight this year's theme. Conference sessions always invoke great discussions for participants, and offer a high-quality learning experience. This year's sessions include such topics as: 
  • Tribal land acquisitions for economic development
  • Agricultural Resource Management Plans
  • Strategies for negotiating rights-of-way
  • Transfer of federal land to tribal governments
  • Introducing the Native Land Information System
  • Much more
Save the Date
Tribal Transportation Training
This free training is being hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and sponsored by Cross Timbers Consulting, Premier Steel, and the FHWA.

Tentative agenda expected out soon!
August 22 - 26, 2022
Louisville Omni Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky
The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference is the one-stop-shop transportation conference FOR TRIBES, BY TRIBES. NTICC offers access to relevant training and an opportunity for Tribal transportation professionals to engage with federal officials and their Tribal transportation peers regarding Tribal transportation issues and challenges. 
NTICC provides information and resources for all who are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure of Indian Country and the safety of those who live, work, and travel the roadways of Alaska Native and Native American lands.

Registration opens 2/2/2022.
Training Opportunities
Updated Web-Based Trainings (WBTs) at National Highway Institute

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has created significant changes within our web-based trainings (WBT)! These popular online courses are now section 508 compliant to ensure equal accessibility for each participant. Our mission at NHI is to create a more comfortable learning experience for all.

Web-based trainings use instructional media, thought prompts, and relevant resources to provide the best content to assist you with excelling in your career. Learners can access the training from any location, and complete at your own pace during a six-month period.
Join the transportation community in discovering how WBT courses are designed to meet your individual needs by registering for a WBT course today!
Funding Opportunities

The FY 2021 application period for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), which includes the BRIC program will close at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 28, 2022.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.
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Let us know if you would like one of our 2022 planners. Planners are available to the first 250 people who email us a request.

Just email us with your name, tribe, address, and how many planners you would like. We will put them in the mail to you.
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