The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) recently renewed a long-standing tribal outreach effort.
The effort aims to provide assistance to Native Nations, by providing outreach to facilitate increased accessibility to transportation and advancements in infrastructure and technology, to ultimately enhance tribal livability.
"Collaboration with tribes is an important part of our outreach mission, so we will continue to work in this area and pursue opportunities to expand our work together." Stated UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver.
The Tribal Outreach effort improves safe transportation of people and goods on tribal reservations to enhance livability, community and cultural values through increased accessibility to employment, workforce development opportunities, education, healthcare and housing.
The Tribal Outreach effort will be a leader in facilitating improvements in tribal transportation to enhance livability, community and cultural values for reservation residents.
Initially, the effort will offer outreach in:
- funding opportunities
- grant writing assistance
- training (workforce development, youth, education, technology)
- program/resource assistance
- partnership/collaborative opportunities
- outreach task force
- monthly newsletter
Other resources and services will be offered as they become available.
NeTia Bauman was named coordinator and liaison for Tribal Outreach within the UGPTI. She will promote current and emerging programs, resources, and training within UGPTI to enhance tribal livability throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and, eventually, nationwide. UGPTI's tribal outreach is designed to aid tribal nations in improving accessibility to transportation to reduce unemployment and poverty rates and to increase education, workforce development and access to health care. Bauman is also heading a tribal outreach task force to implement cultural and historic preservation projects and to improve tribal-to-state relations. In her role as liaison, Bauman is involved in a multi-year tribal crash study, focusing on implementing improved crash data reporting systems within tribal nations.
Previously, Bauman was the coordinator of UGPTI's SMART SECURITY program which focused on research, outreach and training to law enforcement and security practitioners on emerging trends within violent extremist movements, particularly the Sovereign Citizen Movement. In that role, Bauman developed and conducted half and full-day training courses for law enforcement.
Throughout her career, she has contributed to transportation security and a blog focusing on anti-government extremists. She has also been an invited guest writer for Mass Transit magazine on several occasions.