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Fall 2015

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18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference Recap
The 2015 NTTC featured an equipment Roadeo
The 18th Annual NTTC featured an equipment Roadeo, allowing participants the opportunity to show off their operating skills on numerous pieces of heavy equipment.

Over 300 participants, presenters, and vendors, representing 159 tribal, state, federal, and private agencies, attended the 18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference, held September 21-24, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This year's conference unofficially started on Monday, September 21st with the Heavy Equipment Roadeo. Caterpillar and John Deere provided backhoes, front-end loaders, and skidsteers for participants to operate. Operators were judged based on both time and performance while completing various tasks and navigating obstacles using the equipment. A good time was had by all and winners in each category went home with prizes for their efforts.

Conference proceedings started on Tuesday, September 22nd and wrapped up on Thursday, September 24th. After Wednesday's proceedings, attendees were able to attend the banquet at the nearby Ripley's Aquarium, which was a unique experience providing an up-close view of sharks and other marine wildlife. Thomas Claxton provided musical entertainment while attendees ate, socialized, and soaked up the sights and experiences of the aquarium.

Next year's conference will be held October 3-6, 2016 in Anaheim, California. More information will be posted on the Eastern TTAP homepage, as well as the NTTC webpage in the very near future.

The 18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference addressed a wide range of topics, as shown in the agenda at http://ttapnttc.com.  Presentation summaries and links to the presentations will be available shortly.

An online photo album of the event is available at https://michigantechttap.smugmug.com/2015NTTC.   

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

Conference Registration: Click Here to register for the conference.

Agenda: Click Here to view the draft agenda.

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
39375 County Highway 24
Morton, Minnesota 56270-0420
Reference: "2015 Tribes & Transportation Conference" when making reservations
Phone: 800-WIN-CASH or 507-697-8000

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

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Eastern TTAP Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday October 26, 2015

The Eastern TTAP will be holding a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 4:15 pm- 5:15 pm during the 2015 United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Annual Meeting at the Pearl River Resort / Silver Star & Golden Moon in Philadelphia, Mississippi. This year's USET meeting will be held October 26 - 28, 2015 and is being hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The TAC provides Eastern TTAP with critical feedback and direction to help determine our annual work plan and activities. Many TTAP and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) centers have TACs, which vary in formality, size, and participation levels. TACs are generally made up of clients, sponsors, and partners who have a stake in TTAP or LTAP activities. The Eastern TTAP TAC has always faced the challenge of gathering participants from throughout the Eastern and Midwestern BIA regions, so Eastern TTAP is providing two opportunities per year to meet face-to-face, with one meeting in the Eastern BIA region, and the other in the Midwestern BIA region. TAC members and friends can join the meetings using Eastern TTAP's online meeting technologies, which are always available for TAC meetings.

If you plan to attend the TAC meeting, please let us know by sending an email to ttap@mtu.edu, or feel free to just show up at the time of the meeting. If you would like to participate but can't attend in person, send us an email and we will provide call-in and online streaming instructions.

Click Here for more information and to register for the USET Annual Meeting.

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2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 3-4,2015

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Inter-Tribal Task Force will be hosting their Annual Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference November 3-4, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Conference Registration: Click Here to register for the conference.

Schedule: Click Here to view the draft conference schedule.

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
2040 Airport Dr.
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313
Phone: 1 (800) 333-3333

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

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IHS Offering Injury Prevention Courses

IHS has announced training opportunities for Level I – Introduction to Injury Prevention and Level II – Intermediate Injury Prevention. 

  • Level I – Introduction to Injury Prevention
    • Location: Bemidji, MN
    • Dates: November 30 – December 4, 2015
  • Level I – Introduction to Injury Prevention (Considered the national course since it is sponsored by the IHS Environmental Health Support Center. Course content is the same as other Level I courses)
    • o   Location – Albuquerque, NM
    • o   Dates: December 2015. Exact dates to be posted soon.
  • Level I – Introduction to Injury Prevention
    • Location: Tucson, AZ
    • Dates: Mid-January, 2016. Exact dates to be determined
  • Level II – Intermediate Injury Prevention
    • Location: Tucson, AZ
    • Dates: Mid-February, 2016. Exact dates to be determined

More information, including full courses descriptions and dates, will be posted soon at: http://www.ihs.gov/InjuryPrevention/

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OSHA Training Held for Tribe and Community
Steven Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Eastern TTAP recently provided OSHA 10 Hour Training for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Eastern TTAP recently provided OSHA 10 Hour Training for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

An unlikely partnership between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, a federally recognized tribe of roughly 2,000 citizens located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and the Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program at Michigan Technological University (Eastern TTAP) has resulted in a highly successful professional training program tailored to the needs of the community.  The long distance relationship between the tribal nation and Eastern TTAP is helping citizens of the Tribe along with members of the surrounding community attend free training programs required for the growing construction field.  

Most recently, the two organizations worked together to host a two-day Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training program on September 3 and 4 in Mashpee. The free, 10-hour training program focused on prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace and provided information needed to identify and correct hazards they may encounter in a construction zone.  Many employers and state contractors require construction workers to have completed the OSHA training program.

Yvonne Tobey, director of employment and training at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is excited with the initial success of the program and potential for growth. “We’re constantly taking a pulse of the current employment market and the career goals of the tribal citizens and then developing programs that meet those needs,” said Yvonne. “We have a growing population of tribal citizens looking to either enter the construction field or needed recertification in OSHA training and because of that the training program was extremely well received and needed to keep them moving forward in their career path.”

At the completion of the training program participants received a DOL-OSHA course completion card. And certainly just as important it helps to keep them safe at the workplace.

Amanda Kerttu from the Eastern TTAP is now looking for opportunities to develop additional programs for the Tribe. “We we’re very excited to hear the initial training program was such a huge success,” said Amanda. “We’re now working closely with Yvonne and her staff at the Tribe to schedule more training…and hopefully make the trip to Cape Cod to attend as well.”

Upcoming OSHA Training

Workshop Name: OSHA 10 Hr +
Location: North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Bowler, WI
Date(s): October 27-28, 2015
Fee: $0

Click Here to download the registration form.

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Federal Transit Administration Issues Proposed Rule for Transit Agencies to Achieve State of Good Repair, Improve Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair.  Identifying and prioritizing maintenance and repair needs of transit vehicles and infrastructure could lower costs, increase reliability and performance, reduce travel delays for passengers, promote resilience, and yield system safety improvements.

“Transit ridership is rising, public transportation equipment and infrastructure are aging, and there is a growing backlog of transit-related capital maintenance needs with limited funding available,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “Better and more efficient management of transit assets is a smart way to get more from our investments while ensuring we maintain the safe, reliable and accessible transit service the American public deserves.” 

The proposed rule would require public transportation agencies to develop a Transit Asset Management (TAM) Plan that determines the condition of its capital assets, including the system’s equipment, rolling stock, infrastructure, and facilities.  To reduce the burden on small operators, the proposed rule offers a two-tiered approach for the TAM Plan requirement. Small transit providers operating 100 or fewer vehicles in revenue service and no rail fixed-guideway service and all sub-recipients under the Rural Area Formula Program would be allowed to participate in a Group TAM Plan that would be developed by a State or other direct recipient of FTA funding.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) directs FTA to create a TAM System to help transit agencies achieve a better and more informed balance between system preservation and expansion projects, with a strong focus on improving safety.  The TAM System is intended to provide a transit agency with a comprehensive understanding of how the condition of its capital assets may impact the safety of its system.

“Strategic and targeted investments to replace and rehabilitate aging transit infrastructure are needed to bring the Nation’s bus and rail systems into a state of good repair,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “Given the diversity of transit systems, from complex urban networks to small operators in rural communities, the proposed rule offers a flexible approach for public transportation providers to better manage and maintain their assets.”

The proposed rule would also define the term “state of good repair,” establish state of good repair performance measures, and have transit agencies set performance targets based on those measures, which they can then use to prioritize limited capital investment funding.  In addition, transit agencies would be required to report new information to the National Transit Database.

Insufficient funding combined with inadequate asset management practices have contributed to an estimated $86 billion transit in state of good repair backlogs nationwide that continues to grow with reduced levels of investment.  To address this need, the Administration’s multi-year transportation funding bill, the GROW AMERICA Act, proposes a total of $7.6 billion in fiscal year 2016 to support FTA’s state of good repair efforts, with incremental increases in each fiscal year through the end of the Act’s authorization period.

Public comments on the proposed rule are accepted through Nov. 30, 2015.

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Request Training or Technical Assistance for Your Agency
We can assist your agency with hosting webinars.  We can also host webinars or other online training events with topics of your choice.
Eastern TTAP recently provided Heavy Equipment Training for the Menominee Tribal Enterprises.

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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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.
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