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In 1991, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized a need to expand the Local Technical Assistance Program to serve tribal nations; which was accomplished through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). This expansion authorized the program to directly serve Native American tribal governments. Since ISTEA was signed into office on December 18, 1991, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program can officially celebrate 20 years of TTAP legislation.

The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is a training and technology transfer resource for Native American tribes in the United States. It is funded by the FHWA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

TTAP aims to:

  • distribute technical assistance and training activities at the tribal level;
  • help implement administrative procedures and new transportation technology at the tribal level;
  • provide training and assistance in transportation planning and economic development; and
  • develop educational programs to encourage and motivate interest in transportation careers among Native American students.

The goals of TTAP are accomplished through technology transfer and training, research, and cultural consideration.

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