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Pathways Newsletter
Winter 2014
 

Program Director
John Velat
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Scott Bershing
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Eastern TTAP recently held a CDL Refresher Training at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Eastern TTAP recently held a CDL Refresher Training at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

As we start 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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Eastern TTAP Client Needs Survey

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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Save the Dates for These Upcoming Events
 

Managing Stormwater Webinar
January 26, 2015
www.ttap.mtu.edu/pathways/winter_14/Managing_Stormwater_Webinar.pdf

Introduction to Roadsoft Webinar
January 28 & 29, 2015
http://ctt.nonprofitsoapbox.com/upcoming-events/event/116

Wisconsin Tribal Safety Summit
March 24, 2015
North Star Mohican Casino
Bowler, Wisconsin

Tentative: OSHA 10 Hour + Training
March 25-26, 2015
Following Wisconsin Safety Summit
North Star Mohican Casino
Bowler, Wisconsin

Midwest Tribal Transportation Meeting
April 28-29, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rothschild, Wisconsin
Room Block: 800-659-2220
Rate: $83 +tax

Midwest Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
during Midwest Tribal Transportation Meeting
April 29, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Wausau, Wisconsin

RIFDS
following Midwest Tribal Transportation Meeting
April 29-30, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Wausau, Wisconsin

National Tribal Transportation Conference
September 21-24, 2015
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center & Hotel
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rate: $83 +tax
Phone: 888-627-8203
Cut off date: August 21, 2015

Minnesota Tribes & Transportation Conference
October 13-14, 2015
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
Morton, Minnesota
Phone: 800-WIN-CASH or 507-697-8000
Block Rate: $45 +tax
Cut off date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Reference: "2015 Tribes & Transportation Conference" when making reservations

 

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Proposed Rule and Consultation Notice - Tribal Transportation Program

In 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Programs in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21 Law), which replaced the existing Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program with the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP). Indian Affairs has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration on updating regulations to comply with these changes. Last year, draft revisions to 25 CFR 170 were distributed and consultation sessions held on the draft. Tribal and other feedback was incorporated into the draft and now Indian Affairs has published the proposed rule.

The Proposed Rule is available here: 25 CFR 170 Proposed Rule 

Comments on the Proposed Rule must be submitted by March 20th, 2015. Comments may be submitted in several ways:

1) Via email at: consultation@bia.gov  Include the number 1076-AF19 in the submission.

2) Via mail to: Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 3623-MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Include the number 1076-AF19 in the submission.

3) Via the internet at the Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov The rule is listed under the agency name "Bureau of Indian Affairs" and assigned Docket ID: BIA-2014-0005.

4) Via hand delivery to: Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 3623-MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Include the number 1076-AF19 in the submission

To read the Tribal Leader Letter signed by the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, please click here: Tribal Leader Letter - TTP

Consultation Sessions

The following consultation sessions have been scheduled to discuss the Proposed Rule. Additional details will be forthcoming in the coming month(s):

  • January 13, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Holiday Inn Capital Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  (916)-446-0100
  • January 15, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Bureau of Land Management, National Training Center, Room: Washington A/B/C (A-201), 9828 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051  (602)-906-5500
  • January 27, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Minneapolis, MN
  • January 29, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Oklahoma City, OK
  • February 10, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Anchorage, AK
  • February 12, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (local time) - Seattle, WA

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Changes to NHI Web-based Training

Starting January 1, 2015, the National Highway Institute will begin charging a small fee for select WBT courses.  If you registered for Web Based Training (WBT) courses before January 1, 2015, and complete the training by July 12, 2015, there will not be any charges.

  • The number of days remaining to complete the course will be displayed on the My Training page after January 1.
  • If you do not complete the training by July 12, 2015, then you will need to register for the course again and pay any course fees.

Prerequisite courses and those supported by other organizations such as the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council, and other program offices are not affected. As a reminder, FHWA employees will not see any cost changes.
Learn more about the changes to Web-based Training in these frequently asked questions

NHI Logo If you have questions about NHI training, please contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or 877.558.6873.

 

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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.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.
 
This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation
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