Eastern TTAP at
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Pathways Newsletter
Spring 2015
 

Program Director
John Velat
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Scott Bershing
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Request Training or Technical Assistance for Your Agency
Eastern TTAP held an RSA training and performed an RSA at the Seneca Nation of Indians
Eastern TTAP held a Road Safety Audit training and performed an RSA at the Seneca Nation of Indians.

As we are heading into the second quarter of 2015, we need your input, suggestions, and requests for training workshops. The sooner we can get a handle on who/what/where/when, the better we can serve your organization and plan more efficiently for others.

Are you interested in teaching?
We are looking for people to provide heavy equipment training throughout the Midwest and Eastern regions. You must have experience operating various pieces of equipment. If you are interested, or know of someone that might be, please let us know at ttap@mtu.edu.

These and other training topics can be scheduled for your agency.

Click Here to request one of these or any other training sessions at your organization.

In addition to the training topics above, the Eastern TTAP can assist you with road safety plans, road safety audits, and inter-agency safety projects. Please contact us for more information or to schedule these activities.

If you don't see a topic listed or have a suggestion for training that you'd like to have at your tribe, send us a suggestion.

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2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Safety Summit
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hosted By:
Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

Location:
North Star Mohican Casino Resort
W12180 County Road A
Bowler, WI 54416

Agenda:
The draft agenda can be viewed at http://www.ttap.mtu.edu/wittss/WiTTSSAgenda.pdf

Registration:
Space is limited, advanced registration is required! Registration for this event can be made by phone at 1-888-230-0688, fax at 906-487-1834, or email to alkerttu@mtu.edu. The registration form is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe pdf.

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OSHA 10 Hour Training
Eastern TTAP will be hosting an OSHA 10 Hour/Runover and Backover Prevention/Roadway Safety RS + Training at the North Star Mohican Casino in Bowler, Wisconsin on March 25-26, 2015 following the Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Safety Summit.
 
What: OSHA 10 Hour/Runover and Backover Prevention/Roadway Safety
When: March 25-26, 2015
Where: North Star Mohican Casino Resort
W12180 County Road A
Bowler, WI 54416
Room Rate: $58.40 + tax
Room Block: Eastern TTAP
Cutoff date is March 20, 2015
1-800-952-0195
Cost: $20
Registration: Registration for this event can be completed by phone at 1-888-230-0688, fax at 906-487-1834, or email to alkerttu@mtu.edu. The OSHA Registration Form is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe pdf. The registration deadline is March 13, 2015. 
More Information: OSHA 10 Hour Flyer
Runover-Backover Flyer
Roadway Safety Plus Flyer

 

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2015 Midwest Regional Tribal Transportation Meeting
April 28-29, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin

What: 2015 Midwest Regional Tribal Transportation Meeting
Who: Anyone working on transportation related activities for the BIA or Tribal agencies.
When: April 28-29, 2015
Where: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin
Room Block: Eastern TTAP
Rate: $83 +tax
800-659-2220
Registration
Registration for this event can be made by phone at 1-888-230-0688, fax at 906-487-1834, or email to alkerttu@mtu.edu. The registration form is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe pdf.

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RIFDS Training
April 29-30, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin

The Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program will be hosting a RIFDS training at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild, Wisconsin on April 29 & 30, 2015. The RIFDS training will be held following the 2015 Midwest Tribal Transportation Meeting.

The RIFDS training requires a separate registration and fee from the 2015 Midwest Tribal Transportation Meeting.

What: RIFDS Training
When: April 29 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
April 30 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin
Room Block: Eastern TTAP
Rate: $83 +tax
800-659-2220
Cost: $30
Registration:
Registration for this event can be made by phone at 1-888-230-0688, fax at 906-487-1834, or email to alkerttu@mtu.edu. The registration form is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe pdf.
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2015

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18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
September 21-24, 2015
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The 18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference will be held September 21-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center & Hotel.
The 18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference will be held September 21-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center & Hotel.
 

Hotel Information
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center & Hotel
2101 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

Room Rate: $83 + tax
Cut-off date: August 21, 2015
Room Block Name: NTTC
Reservations: 888-627-8203

Call for Presentations:
If you would like to present, or have suggestions for topics, please contact the Eastern TTAP at Michigan Tech at conference@ttapnttc.com. More information, along with a formal Call for Presentations, will be available on the conference website http://www.ttapnttc.com shortly.


More information can also be found on the conference website at:
http://www.ttapnttc.com

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2015 Minnesota Tribes & Transportation Conference
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 13-14,2015

Location:
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
39375 County Highway 24
Morton, Minnesota 56270-0420
Block Rate: $45 +tax
Cut off date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Reference: "2015 Tribes & Transportation Conference" when making reservations
Phone: 800-WIN-CASH or 507-697-8000
http://jackpotjunction.com/

Co-hosted By:
The Lower Sioux Indian Community
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Bureau of Indian Affairs

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces
$8.5 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that 82 tribes will receive more than $8.5 million for 94 projects from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)'s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) to improve transportation safety on tribal lands.

"Our nation's tribal communities deserve roads and bridges that are just as safe as any others, regardless of where they live," said Secretary Foxx. "By improving safety for drivers and their passengers on tribal lands, these important funds will enhance the quality of life for their communities."

The funds will be used for safety planning, engineering improvements, enforcement and emergency services, and education for tribal communities. This is the second year such funds have been awarded since the program's creation in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. FHWA received 126 applications requesting a total of $27.1 million in assistance.

Congress created the program under MAP-21 to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation facilities – statistically, some of the most hazardous in the nation because of poor physical condition and other factors.

Examples of the grant recipients include:

  • The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians in California will receive $479,224 to better equip the tribe's emergency responders with supplies they need when responding to crashes or accidents on the winding mountainous roads in the area. 
  • The Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribes of Montana will receive $180,000 to pave Poplar Airport Access Road, which is expected to improve response times of law enforcement and other first responders during emergencies.
  • The Kialegee Tribe of Oklahoma will receive $78,000 for the installation of a traffic signal in Wetumka at the intersection of US 75 and SH 9 to improve driver and pedestrian safety.
  • The Nome Eskimo Community in Alaska will receive $60,868 to improve warning lights near the Nome Elementary School, which will make it safer for pedestrians and drivers alike in the extended darkness of Alaska's long winter months.

"The importance of road safety isn't lost on tribal leaders," said Federal Highway Deputy Administrator Gregory Nadeau. "From fueling road repairs to expediting safety planning and data collection, these new funds will help to make tribal communities safer.

A complete list of this year's recipients can be found online at http://ttap.mtu.edu/sites/default/files/pathways/spring_15/FY14-Final-Awards-List.pdf

FHWA 15-15
Monday, March 09, 2015
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel: 202-366-0660

The original FHWA press release can be viewed at http://ttap.mtu.edu/sites/default/files/pathways/spring_15/fhwa1515-1.pdf

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Eastern TTAP Client Needs Survey

This is another reminder that the Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) at Michigan Technological University has developed a client needs survey to help us identify the priority transportation training and technical assistance requests for tribes in the Midwestern and Eastern BIA regions.

We realize your time is valuable, but please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  Your contribution can help strengthen and improve transportation services for not only your tribe, but all of the tribes in our service area.

The information gathered on this questionnaire will be used for planning purposes only.  Your responses and any individual information you provide will not be given out to any private, federal, state, or local agency.  The questionnaire is for addressing tribal transportation needs and issues and assisting the Eastern TTAP with meeting those needs.

Please note that the survey is set up so you can respond anonymously, or you can optionally provide your contact information which will be useful to us if you have specific training or technical assistance needs or concerns.

To complete the survey, please visit the link below.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DBWB89

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Emergency Preparedness Handbook for Tribal Governments

The Mountain Plains Consortium at North Dakota State University has released a guide that explains the development and implementation of an emergency preparedness plan for Native American tribal governments responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Click the link below for more information and to download the handbook.
 

http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/172125.aspx

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Pathways is published quarterly by the Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program, which is in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and part of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute at Michigan Technological University. The Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program is part of a nationwide effort jointly financed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). It intends to relay the latest technology and information on tribal roads and bridges, tourism, recreational travel, and related economic development to tribal transportation and planning personnel. Tribes in the Eastern TTAP region include those in the Midwest and Eastern BIA Regions. Contact the TTAP office to submit articles and suggestions.

The Eastern TTAP logo was created by Sally R. Brunk, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Eastern TTAP and Pathways are sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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