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Pathways Newsletter
Summer 2016

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Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Funding Opportunities

The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior, through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), recently announced two funding opportunities for Federally-recognized Indian tribes, authorized tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations. 

The Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) grant is for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands - particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies.

Click Here for more information on the EMDP program.

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program is to assist in developing tribal capacity to regulate and manage energy resources.

Click Here for more information on the TEDC program.

Proposals for both grants are due July 8, 2016 by 9:00 p.m. EST. 

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Michigan Upper Peninsula Traffic Safety Plans

There are, on average, more than 5,500 crashes per year on the streets and highways within the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan. Many of these crashes result in severe injuries or, occasionally, the tragic loss of life.  To address this issue at a regional level, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the three regional Upper Peninsula regional planning organizations and consultant Atkins Global, is inviting U.P. tribes to participate in the development of local road safety plans for each of the regions. The plans will identify key crash trends and provide recommendations to improve road safety in each region, and these regional plans will then be incorporated into an overall safety plan for the U.P. The U.P. safety plan will then be added to the statewide strategic highway safety plan.   

Tribes currently working on safety plans, or those intending to work on safety plans, should strongly consider participating in the planning session for the applicable region.  A tribal safety plan is an important step in improving eligibility for future safety funding.

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) hosted the first meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Hancock.   The Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) hosted the second meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Escanaba.  The third meeting will be hosted by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) on July 12, 2016 at 10:00 am in the SmartZone at 2345 Meridian St. in Sault Ste. Marie.

For those unable to attend the meeting in person, videoconferencing is available at the following locations:
  • Luce County EDC – 14149 County Road 428, Suite B, Newberry, MI 49868
  • St. Ignace Courthouse Annex – 100 S. Marley St., St. Ignace, MI 49781 (next to the courthouse – in the Commissioners Room) 
*Please note that the Newberry and St. Ignace sites can accommodate roughly 10 people max at each location.   

Please RSVP to agency@eup-planning.org or Ellen Benoit at ellen@eup-planning.org on or before July 8, 2016 so that they can make the necessary arrangements at the video sites.

Future Meetings

It is anticipated that there will be three more general meetings prior to the completion of the final report, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.  As the meetings progress, specific topics, trouble areas, and solutions will be discussed.  This is an excellent opportunity for tribes to put tribal road safety priorities into the regional and statewide plan, and to facilitate interagency collaboration to make the entire road network safer for everyone.

The next regional meetings will be as follows:

  • August 2, 2016 – Ironwood, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT
  • August 3, 2016 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Houghton or possibly Keweenaw Band Indian Community
  • August 4, 2016 – AM meeting to be held in Marquette, PM meeting to be held in Escanaba
  • August 23, 2016 – Sault Ste. Marie
For more information regarding the upcoming meetings, please contact:

Erik Powers, Regional Planner
Western U.P. Planning and Development Region
P.O. Box 365
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-7205 (ext. 315)

Peter Van Steen, Transportation Planner
CUPPAD Regional Commission
2950 College Avenue
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906)786-9234 (ext. 1379)

Jeff Hagan, CEO
EUP Regional Planning
1118 E. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Ph: 906.635.1581 | Ph:  906-635-1752

MDOT is also planning on hosting meetings to cover planning regions of the lower peninsula. More information regarding these meetings will be sent to tribes in lower Michigan in the near future.

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Eastern TTAP Needs Your Help!
We're Looking for Host Sites for Training

The Eastern TTAP is looking for assistance from tribal agencies to host the training sessions listed below. Exact dates are open to the host agency's availability, but rough dates are noted.

Workshop Title


Max Class Size



Project Management




Midwest & East

638 Contracting




Midwest & East




Seeking Host



2 days


Seeking Host

Will Depend on Host


2 days


Seeking Host


Visit ttap.mtu.edu or send us an email at ttap@mtu.edu to request training at your agency.

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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2016 National Tribal Transportation Conference - Save the Date
October 3-6, 2016 - Anaheim, California

The 2016 National Tribal Transportation Conference will be held October 3-6, 2016 in Anaheim, California. More details will be available as the planning process continues.

Please visit www.ttapnttc.com for more information.


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Upcoming Events
Midwest BIA Partners in Action Meeting

The Bureau of Indian Affairs - Midwest Region and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will be hosting the 5th Annual "Partners in Action" Conference at the Kewadin Casino Hotel & Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on July 19th - 21st, 2016.  This year's conference will bring together Department of Interior representatives from the central office, Midwest regional & agency personnel, and tribes & tribal leaders to participate and share their knowledge and expertise regarding federal trust and Indian services programs, issues, and initiatives!

Featuring: Presentations from BIA Trust and Indian Services programs including: Realty, Probate, Fee to Trust, Natural Resources, Forestry, Transportation, Social Services, Self-Determination, Budget, Environmental Services, Tribal Operations, and many more!

Registration: Click Here to register for the conference.

2016 Michigan Intergovernmental Transportation Meeting
September 15 & 16, 2016
Odawa Hotel
1444 US-131
Petoskey, Michigan

Visit http://ttap.mtu.edu/civi-events/26 for more information and to register.

Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Meeting
Nov 1 & 2, 2016
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Click Here to view the Call for Presentations
Click Here to view the Tribal Excellence Award Nomination form

RIFDS Training Session in Albuquerque
The Mountain West Tribal Technical Assistance Program will be hosting a second RIFDS training session in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 27-28, 2016.  The training session is open to anyone that currently has or needs access to RIFDS.

The BIA will only be supporting RIFDS training located at the Albuquerque office for the remainder of 2016, and as of now this is the last remaining training session for the year. If you need RIFDS training this year, please sign up for this session. The only other RIFDS training planned for 2016 is in Point Hope, Alaska.

Presented By:
Sheldon Kipp, Minerva Chavez, Clarence Kie
Wednesday- Thursday : 8:30am - 4:30pm

Training Location:
National Indian Programs Training Center
1011 Indian School Road NW
SUITE 264-265
Albuquerque NM 87104

Click Here to register for the training.

Click Here to view the agenda.

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Federal Highway Announces the EDC-4 Innovations

FHWA announced the topics for the 4th round of Every Day Counts, a state-based initiative to deploy proven innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery. Visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc_4 to see which eleven innovations were chosen and for more information on the Every Day Counts initiative. ‬

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GIS for Tribal Transportation

In June, Eastern TTAP provided a three-day GIS for Tribal Transportation workshop, hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Ten attendees from around the region participated in the training, which was instructed by Garet Couch of Wind Environmental. The training session covered topics related to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Transportation Program, including RIFDS and the in-development Tribal Transportation Data Model. The training also included instruction on the ArcGIS environment. Additionally, participants were able to get hands-on field training by collecting route information using a handheld GPS receiver and importing the collected data back into ArcGIS. Finally, participants learned how to examine the collected data and use it to construct strip maps, a requirement for submitting tribal routes into the BIA road inventory.

Visit ttap.mtu.edu or send us an email at ttap@mtu.edu to request this training at your agency.

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Eastern TTAP Client Needs Survey

Eastern TTAP 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.

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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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