Serving Native Nations in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma
Congratulations, Herbert Whitebuffalo!
Just awarded SPTTAP's Tribal RoadStar

Whitebuffalo completes
10 courses for Tribal RoadStar

Herbert Whitebuffalo, Project Analyst, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, recently earned the Tribal RoadStar designation after completing ten courses in Southern Plains TTAP Center's curriculum. The courses Herb completed are as follows: Construction Management & Cost Estimating,
Tribal Transportation Planning, OSHA 10 Hour, Grant Writing Basics, Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Basic Accounting, RIFDS, Tribal Safety Peer Exchange, GIS/GPS for Local Asset Management, and Leaders in Gear. The award was presented by Karla Sisco, Southern Plains TTAP's Program Manager at the Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council's meeting on April 18, held at Oklahoma DOT. For more information on the Tribal RoadStar program, click HERE.

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to receive safety funding
under TTPSF
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces More Than $ 9 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements under the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funding (TTPSF). One of the grant's recipients is Oklahoma's Quapaw Tribe, receiving $12,400 to develop a new Tribal Safety Plan.
The complete awards list is posted here:
FY17 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the next round of Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds is expected in June 2017. Please contact Southern Plains TTAP Center if you would like assistance with your proposal. 

ArcGIS - Mapmaking in ArcMap coming 
May 10  to Stillwater

Join us for the last module in our ArcGIS series on Wednesday, May 10 at 9 am. In this workshop, students will review various techniques of displaying data in ArcMap, while practicing creating map layouts.  

Pamela Jurney, Cross Timbers Consulting, will be instructing the course. The class qualifies for Tribal RoadStar credit.

Get ready to compete!
OTTC's Tribal Transit Roadeo and Training 
Tribal Transit Driver
is coming to Durant, OK, May 3-5

Join us for top notch training and friendly competition!

OTTC Tribal Transit Training and Bus Roadeo will be held the Choctaw Nation Hotel,  May 3rd - May 5th.

Take this opportunity for professional development for your drivers and networking with your peers. Certificates will be issued for each participant completing the training.

Thanks to our sponsor:

Creative Bus Sales

Registration fee is $100 and will be due at the event, or you can choose to be invoiced. All participants must register in advance!

Upcoming Safety Webinars

May 2017 - Incorporating Safety Data into the Planning Process at the Rural Level
Date: May 4, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the elements of safety data analysis and identify opportunities to integrate safety data into the transportation planning process. 

To register for this webinar, click  here.

June 2017 - ITE Vision Zero Virtual Toolbox
Date: June 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

This Safety Center and ITE co-sponsored webinar will provide information on ITE's new Vision Zero Toolbox. The toolbox showcases best practices, analytical techniques, policy guidance, and communication and educational tools for Vision Zero (the goal of zero traffic fatalities among all road users) to make them easily accessible to practitioners. 

To register for this webinar, click   here.

July 2017 - How to Address Roadway Safety Issues for ATVs and Other Off-Road Vehicles
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the risk factors associated with deaths and injuries when riders take ATVs and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) on the road. These include youth as a particularly vulnerable riding population, and the higher risk of traumatic death when crashes occur on rural versus urban roads. It will also include a discussion about the challenges and potential strategies related to raising public and stakeholder awareness of this widespread roadway safety issue. 

To register for this webinar, click  here.

Time to sharpen your skills with
SPTTAP's Spring and Summer
Training Schedule

Basics of Excel for Creating Budgets
Tuesday, April 25  (FULL)
Basics of Excel (Tribal RoadStar Program Course) Creating budgets can be a snap by using the basics of Microsoft Excel. This 6-hour, hands-on class will focus on navigating effectively in Excel, discovering quick ways to select and edit text, and using simple functions and formulas to create your budget. 

Construction Budgeting
Wednesday, April 26 
Construction Budgeting 101
(Tribal RoadStar Program Course) Construction Budgeting 101 provides an overview of typical construction delivery systems and the planning and contracting associated with both fixed price and cost reimbursable.

  Course Objectives:
  • Define and estimate line item expenses
  • Calculate administrative and indirect costs
  • Calculate profit
  • Manage line items
  • Financial reporting
  • Closing and Compliance auditing
The course will also examine contract cost elements such as reasonable costs of performing contract, cost of preparing contract proposal, auditing costs, indirect or administrative support costs, profit, and consultants. Participants will have the opportunity to work with sample budgets and spreadsheets.
Wed, May 03 2017, 12:00 pm
Choctaw Hotel 4216 S. Hwy 69/75, Durant, OK 74701
Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council (OTTC) presents the OTTC Tribal Transit Training and Rodeo, May 3-5 at the Choctaw Hotel in Durant, OK.
To register, create an account and enroll here:

Construction Site Safety in the Work Zone OSHA - at Kickapoo Traditional Tribe in Texas
Mon, May 08 2017, 8:00 am
2212 Rosita Valley Road, Eagle Pass, TX 78852
This class is designed to concentrate on activities which generate the highest level of accidents and injuries in road construction and maintenance work zones. It will help students recognize unsafe work practices and reduce or eliminate hazards from the work environment.

Wed, May 10 2017, 9:00 am
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK
I n this workshop, students will review various techniques of displaying data in ArcMap, while practicing creating map layouts. 

Mon, May 15 2017, 8:00 am
Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas -2212 Rosita Valley Road, Eagle Pass, TX
This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of dozers. Students will learn safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance to include track adjustments.

Leadership 101
Wednesday, June 21
9 am to 12 noon  (Contact to register)
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK
Leadership 101 defines leadership, identifies a few traits every leader should develop, and shows the impact leadership can have on your life and the lives of those you lead.

Effective Business Writing
Wednesday, June 21
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm (Contact to register)
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK
To help strengthen your writing skills by introducing basic principles of effective business communication so you can write and edit professional documents efficiently and effectively. Instructors:  Karla Sisco and Amy M. Echo-Hawk.

Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30
8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
Prairie Band Potawatomi Roads Dept. 14880 K Road Mayetta, Ks
The first day will include a safety training overview on the motor grader, backhoe, skid steer, and excavator. The next four days will include hands-on training for the four pieces of equipment.

Thurs, June 08 2017, 9:00 am
Oklahoma City, OK (location TBA)

Fri, June 09 2017, 9:00 am
Oklahoma City, OK (location TBA)

Other Training Classes are in the works. Please check the Southern Plains TTAP website for updated information!

To find out more about upcoming training or to schedule training for your Tribe, contact Karla Sisco, Program Manager at
Southern Plains TTAP Center | Oklahoma State University | 405-744-6049 | 

An Outreach and Extension of the  
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive
Stillwater, OK 74078 

This material is based upon work supported by the U. S. Department of Transportation under Agreement No. DTFH61-12-H-00004.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.