The focus of the newly renamed National Tribal Symposium (NTS) will continue to address the most relevant and pressing tribal transportation challenges. However, the revised Symposium will foster a multi-modal culture and networking opportunities between tribes and federal officials. Expanding the Symposium to include other Operating Administrations, will give tribes access to both agency unique and universally common themes that cross all modes.

Tribal transportation professionals are responsible for conceiving, planning, designing, initiating, constructing, maintaining and operating transportation infrastructure, and it is essential to receive effective solutions and useful tools to maintain and improve tribal roads.

Conference highlights include:

Tuesday, May 14 Morning

  • Plenary Session & Keynote Anthony Bedell (Invited)
  • Message From Federal Agencies—FHWA, BIA, NHTSA
  • Message from Tribes
  • Tribal Transportation Program Update

Tuesday, May 14 Afternoon

  • Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC)—Ken Atkins, FHWA
  • NHTSA Educational Sessions
  • FHWA Educational Sessions

Wednesday, May 15

  • Workshop: National Environmental Policy Act (NEEPA), Aggregate Business, Success Stories—Duane O. Matt, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development
  • NHTSA Educational Sessions
  • FHWA Educational Sessions

Please check back in late March for a complete list of tracks and sessions.


Attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with FHWA, the Tribal Technical Program (TTP), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to discuss challenges, seek guidance, and topics related to their program. Meetings can be requested during registration.