Tribal Transportation News
August 18, 2021
In the News
Infrastructure Bill
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has provided a Preliminary Legislative Analysis regarding H.R. 3684. As reported last week, the Senate passed H.R. 3684, a $1.2 trillion bi-partisan infrastructure package which includes key spending provisions related to transportation, water infrastructure, energy, climate resiliency, tax, and a five-year surface transportation authorization. The bill proposes more than $15 billion in direct funding for Tribal Nations.
First Americans Museum to Open in Oklahoma City

The much-anticipated First Americans Museum is scheduled to open September 18, 2021. The 175,000 square foot project tells the story of the 39 tribes in Oklahoma today. The museum features two long-term exhibitions assembled by the only all Native curatorial team in the world. The OKLA HOMMA exhibit shares the collective stories of the 39 Tribal Nations from their ancestral homelands to what is now Oklahoma. The second long-term exhibit is WINIKO: LIFE OF AN OBJECT which features approximately 140 objects on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Upcoming Events

NTICC is excited to unveil our full agenda for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, September 27 - October 1, 2021!
Although we cannot be together in-person, that’s not stopping NTICC from bringing you another extraordinary online conference experience that will both inform and connect the Tribal transportation community. NTICC offers:

  • 20 breakout sessions
  • 5 Conference Tracks: Planning, Safety, Transit, Project Management & Hot Topics
  • 50+ Expert Presenters
  • Incredible NTICC Sponsors!
Project Highlight

Karuk Tribe Increasing Capacity for Transportation Alternatives in Rural Community
The Karuk Tribe is nestled in the rugged mountainous terrain of Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties, and consists of Tribal properties and administrative facilities that are located in Orleans, Somes Bar, Happy Camp, and Yreka. These noncontiguous lands of the Tribe are connected by State Route 96, which is a winding, two-lane highway. Orleans, a small, remote community located along highway 96, is the location of the Red Cap Road Project.

Red Cap Road is the major access route for residents living on Karuk Tribal Land and private properties in the project area. Red Cap Road was a narrow two-lane roadway with little to no shoulder and poor line of sight, making walking and biking in the area hazardous. Pedestrians in the area had to walk on the roadway or on unimproved shoulders. The narrow roadway did not have a safe space of travel for pedestrian, bicycle, and other forms of non-motorized transportation. Due to this danger, Red Cap Road had been deemed inadequate by local residents, Karuk Tribe officials, and County of Humboldt officials.
The goal of this project was to ensure a safe, active transportation route on both sides of Red Cap Road. This project utilized the existing roadway alignment, widened the shoulders of Red Cap Road, and constructed approximately 8,250 linear feet of five-foot-wide paved bikeway and pedestrian-way. The project boundary beginning is at the intersection of Red Cap Road and State Route 96 and the project boundary ending is at the intersection of Red Cap Road and Shivshaneen Road. Traffic calming elements were also incorporated in the design of this safety project, which included striping and signage. 

Funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF), this project was constructed within the existing public right-of-way and adjacent to Federal, State, Tribal, and private property and was part of thoughtful, integrated planning. The Tribe received a grant that allowed them to complete a Tribal Safety Transportation Plan where the Red Cap Road project was identified. This identification of the Red Cap Road project as part of the plan allowed the Tribe to apply for the Safety Fund grant. Another point to note is that the Red Cap Road project was also listed in the Middle Klamath River Community Transportation Plan (2011), Humboldt County Regional Transportation Plan (2014), and the Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan. In addition, Red Cap Road scored high in an evaluation rating where this project, along with other projects, faced a Project Prioritization rating process in order to establish a prioritization ranking amongst the Plans.

This project is a great example of making it safer for people to get around while also encouraging the Walking and Biking in Indian Country Safe Routes to School Campaign by creating safe and healthy opportunity for students to travel to school. The connectivity that this project provides the Karuk Tribes’ main thoroughfare between tribal housing at the end of Red Cap Road at Shivshaneen, and services such as medical, dental, TANF and other services provided by the Tribe was of particular importance to the community. 

We would love to highlight one of your projects! Just contact us for more information about doing that.
Training Opportunities
2021 EDC Virtual Safety Summit Series

Sharing Success and Expanding Implementation to Save Lives

Safety innovations have been a cornerstone of the Every Day Counts (EDC) program since 2011, resulting in their rapid deployment and institutionalization, and the upcoming EDC Safety Summit Series will build on that momentum.
Featured EDC Initiatives

The summit series, scheduled for each Wednesday during September, will highlight seven safety initiatives, and share how they can save lives. The series will benefit those who are just beginning to implement these innovations, those who are further along and could gain from peer-to-peer engagement, and those with deployment stories to share. It will include opportunities to discuss hot topics with peers and establish relationships that can boost success now and in the future.

Each day of the series will kick off with FHWA leadership perspectives with opportunities for questions and answers, followed by interactive State and local presentations and a topic-based breakout session, as well as a local innovation safety showcase. There will also be engagement opportunities with other participants and peer-to-peer networking.

The summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET each day and is open to all State, local, and tribal stakeholders. Participants can join for one or all five Wednesdays.
Happening Soon
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September 9 Deadline for Safety Funding application

October 18-21 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Conference

October 18-21 OTA Fall Conference and Roadeo in Durant, OK

November 2 OTTC Meeting

Check out the full Calendar of Events on our website!

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