November 2017

BikesafetyBike & Pedestrian Safety
In the interest of developing a customizable Bike & Pedestrian Safety Program for tribal communities to implement, the UGPTI is proactively seeking additional resources to distribute to its readership. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) offers monthly webinars and a variety of training series applicable to bike & pedestrian safety. This month the topic was "Addressing Speed-Related Crashes with the Focus on Protecting Children." View the webinar and download the PDF for free.

The primary focus of this webinar is learning how to prevent crashes where children walk and bike. S afe Routes to School and Vision Zero for Youth encourages communities to prioritize safety improvements and encourages drivers to slow down, specifically where youth are walking and biking. These initiatives improve safety throughout the entire community! 

We encourage your community to participate in Walk to School day to support youth pedestrian safety and driver safety, but to also encourage your local government officials (i.e. mayors, tribal council, etc.) to publicly commit to improving children's safety. The information linked to from this article contains tips and ideas to get your community involved in the annual Walk & Bike To School events. The incredible thing about this initiative is that your community can support this event any time you'd like. 
UGPTI is committed to promoting these events, so if you are in need of planning and support, please reach out. 

For more information on these initiatives, please contact us via email or our online technical assistance request form
JobopportunityJob Opportunity
The purpose of the ND EPSCoR/NDSU American Indian STEM Student Mentor is to increase the number of American Indian students completing STEM degrees during the duration of the current NSF EPSCoR Track-1 cooperative agreement (scheduled to end on July 31, 2019). The goals of the position are to provide enhanced academic support to American Indian students at NDSU in STEM disciplines across both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to create an environment that recognizes the importance of American Indian culture for student success and perseverance in STEM majors and careers.

To view additional details and how to submit a resume please visit the job posting. NDSU EPSCoR will begin reviewing applications on 22 NOVEMBER 2017. 
EmergencyprepareEmergency Preparedness Handbook
Many Native American tribal governments are lacking in emergency preparedness, a part of the emergency management cycle where planning for disasters happens. These governments need assistance planning for future disasters. Federal and state governments, along with other agencies and organizations, have the knowledge and resources to help tribal governments develop emergency response plans.

This handbook is a resource to help tribes develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan for responding to natural and man-made disasters if and when they occur. 

Please download a copy of the handbook
TAprogramTransportation Alternatives (TA) Program
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program projects for federal fiscal year 2019. 

TA provides funding for projects that include: 1) Pedestrian and bicycle projects; 2) Safe routes to school and safe routes for non-driver projects; 3) Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridor projects for non-motorized users; 4) Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas, operating historic transportation facilities, vegetation management practices in transportation rights of way, archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project, streetscape improvements, and corridor landscaping; and 6) Environmental mitigation projects. 

Tribal governments are ELIGIBLE project applicants and are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about TA, including funding guidelines and instructions, go to the   NDDOT web page.

 TA applications are to be submitted to the NDDOT by December 31, 2017. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact Pam Wenger, Local Government Division, at (701) 328-4787.

UGPTI is willing to help tribal governments in the application process. If you have a project that meets guidelines and need help in the application process, please  contact us for assistance. 
About Us

The UGPTI's 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.
Currently, the effort offers 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. Please visit us on the web to  apply for assistance.