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Tribal Transportation News
February 22, 2021
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Meetings Scheduled .........................

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Executive Council Winter Session

February 21-25, 2021

There is a registration fee to attend the Winter Session; however, the NCAI Task Force meetings are free and open to the public.

The Tribal Transportation Task Force (also know as NCAI / ITA Task Force) will meet on Monday, February 22 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

Agenda items for this Task Force meeting will be:

  • Congressional Update - 117th Congress (Matt Jafee & Michael Willis)
  • Tribal Transportation Self Governance Program and DOT Update (Milo Booth, Director of Tribal Affairs, DOT)
  • Transportation Reauthorization Road Map Discussion (led by Matt Jaffee and Gerry Hope)
  • TTPCC Update (tentative)

Intertribal Transportation Association (ITA)
Meeting

Friday, February 26 @ 1:00 Pacific Time
via Zoom

Meeting highlights:
  • Approval of Strategic Plan
  • NCAI / ITA Task Force agenda
  • Planning for Mid-Year meeting
Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:00

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.

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
  • Housing and home ownership
  • Tribal Transportation
  • Section 17 corporations

Registration cost is just $50 per person. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the website.
Save the Dates: September 27 - October 1

This will be held as a Virtual Conference again this year due to the many uncertainties revolving around COVID.

The NTICC Planning Committee is already hard at work planning for the best experience possible.

Stay tuned for more information or visit their website.
CTT Training Opportunities

The Center for Tribal Transportation (CTT) is offering the following training opportunities: Workzone Flagger, CDL Prep, Heavy Equipment Operator, Project Management, Scheduling, Contracts/Bidding, and Estimating. To request an on-site training, please complete the request form.
Several training sessions are currently available through RTAP. For a complete list of these trainings, visit the RTAP website training page or sign up for their E-News to get this information delivered straight to your email box.

Also be sure to check out the Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL). It provides a sustainable methodology and platform for access and findability of coordination resources across a diverse range of transportation technical assistance centers and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Input Requested...........
The American Indian Public Health Resource Center at North Dakota State University is recruiting approximately 25 AI/AN Elders to participate in interviews to provide feedback on CDC’s MyMobility Planning Tool.

Interviews are expected to take no longer than 90 minutes and will be conducted using Zoom. All participants completing interviews will receive a $30 gift card for their time. Additional details can be found in the attached recruitment letter and flyer.

Anyone looking for more information about the interviews can contact Ryan Eagle at 701-421-5976 (ryan.eagle@ndsu.edu), or Vanessa Tibbitts at 605-939-5982 (vanessa.tibbitts@ndsu.edu).

FHWA Extends Comment Period for Proposed MUTCD Updates to May 14

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials extended the comment period for proposed revisions to the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to May 14, 2021. The 60-day extension will allow additional time for public participation in the MUTCD’s first major update in more than 10 years.

“This important document will set the tone for the future of our transportation system for the years ahead,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “We want to ensure our stakeholders have ample opportunity to address the diverse needs of travelers nationwide.”

This latest proposed update to the MUTCD would advance traffic operations and safety nationwide. The comment period extension is in response to stakeholder requests that additional time would help to address the scope and complexity of the notice of proposed amendments.

Created in 1935, the MUTCD is the national standard for traffic signs, signals and pavement markings for use on all public streets and highways. The proposed revisions offer many proven advancements while remaining flexible to accommodate newer technologies and operational strategies.

As part of the process of updating the MUTCD, FHWA will consider feedback from state and local traffic engineers and other traffic control device stakeholders, and the public in general, submitted through the docket that is now open for public comment.

We need your help ..............

YHelp 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.
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)