Agenda

Designed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this year’s conference program allows you to exchange key ideas and best practices with subject matter experts, tribal transportation professionals, and industry experts in breakout sessions, plenaries, and workshops. Plus—with the addition of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you’ll have unparalleled access to both agency’s unique and universally common themes that cross modes. Check out what we have in store for you this year...

Tuesday, May 14

7:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration Open


7:00 am – 8:15 am | Welcome Breakfast (included)


8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Exhibitor Showcase Open


8:30 am – 10:00 am | Plenary Session

Color Guard: The American Indians Warriors Association

Invocation: Elder Randy Edmonds, Kiowa-Caddo

Welcome: Vince Mammano, Division Administrator, FHWA California Division

Innovation in Transportation: Tony Furst, Chief Innovation Officer, FHWA

What is NHTSA…Who Are We and What Do We Do? Jamie Pfister, Associate Administrator, NHTSA


10:10 am – 10:25 am | Networking Break (complimentary beverages included)


10:25 am – 12:00 pm | Plenary Session (continued)

National Perspective on the Tribal Transportation Program: Tim Hess, FLH Associate Administrator

TTP & BIA Update: Erin Kenley, Director, Office of Tribal Transportation Program
Sheldon Kipp, Sr. Program Manager, Bureau of Indian Affairs


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | Networking Lunch (included) & 5th Generation Dance Group, Sonya & son Taimana of the Pala Band of Mission Indians


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1:
Law & History of 202(a)(9)

  • Vivian Philbin, Assistant Chief Counsel for Federal Lands, FHWA
  • Andy Caulum, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Milestones in Traffic Safety

This session highlights important milestones in the history of traffic safety and NHTSA’s contributions of lowering the fatality rate over time. Learn why high visibility enforcement, media messaging, data collection and analysis, training, grant programs, and sharing best practices are important facets of the national effort to drive down traffic fatalities.

  • Sam Sinclair, Regional Program Manager, NHTSA Region 6

 

Bureau of Indian Affairs – Indian Highway Safety Program
Learn about ongoing NHTSA-funded traffic enforcement and child passenger safety projects administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs including funding availability, application process, problem identification, and effective countermeasures.

  • Jonathan Abeita, Indian Highway Safety Officer, Isleta Pueblo

 

Working with State Highway Safety Offices
This session will provide an overview of how tribes can partner with State Highway Safety Offices to reduce crashes. Attendees will learn about successful program collaborations between tribes and the State of South Dakota and become familiar with the State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) structure, the processes used by States to award and administer funding, and tribal eligibility for funding from SHSOs.

  • Lee Axdahl, Director, South Dakota Office of Highway Safety

 

Track 3: Tribal Transit Program Planning Session 1

  • Neil Rodriguez, Project Manager, National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  • Michia Casebier, President, M.G. Tech-Writing, LLC

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) (1.5 days)
Session 1: Why Tribes Across the Nation are Implementing CM/GC

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA
  • Tim Oliver, Gila River Director of Transportation
  • David Deutsawe, Director Community Development, Pueblo of Acoma
  • Chris McCray, Transportation & Safety Manager, Pawnee Nation
  • Denea Burgess, Transportation Planner, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Networking Break (complimentary beverages included)


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

 

Track 1: FHWA
Implementing 202(a)(9) Panel Discussion

  • Brian G. Allen, PE, PMP Field Operations Manager, Office of Tribal Transportation, FHWA
  • Leslie Sanders, Trinidad Rancheria, CA
  • Debbie Bray, Tulalip Tribe, WA
  • Steve Wilkie, Regional Road Engineer, BIA Pacific Region
  • Lenora Graves, Caltrans Native American Liaison Branch Chief

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Marketing Strategies to Enhance Message Outreach

Hear from a panel of experts on how to effectively reach and disseminate traffic safety messages to Native Americans, tribal members, and reservation residents through TV, radio, outdoor, social media, geofencing, and others.

  • Jamie Burns, NHTSA Region 8 RPM
  • Laura Sonderup, Managing Director, Heinrich Marketing
  • Cody Beers, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Wyoming Department of Transportation
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation Contractor and Odney Advertising

 

Track 3: FHWA

 

Track 3: Tribal Transit Program Planning Session 2

  • Neil Rodriguez, Project Manager, National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  • Michia Casebier, President, M.G. Tech-Writing, LLC

 

Track 4: FWHA
Emergency Relief: Ready, Set, Go!

  • Andy Byra, Program Manager, FWHA

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC)
Session 2: The Business Case for CM/GC

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA

  • Tim Oliver, Gila River Director of Transportation

Wednesday, May 15

7:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration Open


7:00 am – 8:15 am | Breakfast (included)


8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Exhibitor Showcase Open


8:30 am – 10:00 am | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: FHWA
How to Compete for Transportation BUILD Grants & BUILD Panel (Ute Mountain Tribe Passing Lane TIGER 9 Grant)

  • Anthony Burton, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Bernadette Cuthair, Director of Planning, Development & Community Services Division
  • Beverly Santicola, Ute Mountain, Ute Tribe's Grant Writer

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Developing Statistical Data for Child Passenger Safety Program Evaluation and Grant Writing

In this session, you will learn how to conduct community assessments, collect local, raw data for use when evaluating your CPS programs and/or when applying for CPS grant applications. This interactive workshop, you'll use personal technology to gain knowledge on how to gather and analyze data in your tribal communities.

  • Carrie Brown, Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist, Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center, Albuquerque Indian Health Board

 

Track 3: TTAP/FWHA
Be a Superstar with Effective Pipe Rehabilitation Practices

  • Walt Catlett PE, Director of Education and Outreach, Tribal Technical Assistance Program

 

Workshop: Session 1: Developing Your Aggregate Resources (1.0 day)
From Millions of Rocks to Millions of Dollars: A Four-Pronged Approach to Starting an Aggregate Business

Are you interested in development of a largely undeveloped (and underutilized) natural resource on your reservation? If so, this course will address that issue by explaining how to accomplish this. The "four pronged" approach to aggregate development on tribal trust land deals with: 1. How to start an aggregate business (pros/cons); 2. A full economic overview of why tribes have a distinct advantage over private companies to develop their resource; 3. An overview of the current NEPA process; and 4. An overview of the current permitting process.

  • Duane O. Matt, Geologist, Division of Energy and Mineral Development

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Cont.
Session 3: Unraveling the CM/GC Procurement Process

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA

10:00 am – 10:30 am | Networking Break (complimentary beverages included)


10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions


Track 1: FWHA/ Roadway Maintenance Planning

  • Barbara Richard, Planning & Procurement SME, Tribal Technical Assistance Program
  • Scott Johnson, Maintenance and Operations SME, Tribal Technical Assistance Program

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Motor Vehicle Recall Initiative

Hear about the latest information on the Takata air bag recall and ongoing NHTSA vehicle safety initiatives for reaching tribal communities. You'll also learn what NHTSA is doing to make recall information accessible and educate the public on the dangers of driving vehicles with open recalls.

  • Mari Hembeck, Deputy Regional Administrator, NHTSA Region 10

 

State Efforts to Improve Child Passenger Safety Efforts in Tribal Communities
This session will review recent efforts to improve child passenger safety in Tribal communities as part of the 2015-2019, California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Learn about the performance measures met in the 2015 SHSP, significant barriers, and opportunities for Tribal community participation in the 2020 SHSP.

  • James (Jim) DeCarli, Ph.D., SHSP Chair of Occupant Protection Committee

 

Track 3: FHWA
Unmanned Aerial Systems (EDC-5)

  • Joe Campbell, P.E., M.S.C.E. Area Engineer / Assistant Bridge Engineer, MN Division, FHWA

 

Workshop: Session 2: Developing Your Aggregate Resources
From Millions of Rocks to Millions of Dollars: A Four-Pronged Approach to Starting an Aggregate Business

  • Duane O. Matt, Geologist, Division of Energy and Mineral Development

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Cont.
How Do TERO Requirements Work with CM/GC?

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA

  • Chris McCray, Manager, Pawnee Nation Transportation & Safety

 


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | Keynote & Networking Luncheon (included)

 

  • Keynote Speaker: Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Director of California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center;
    Department Chair, American Indian Studies, CSU San Marcos

 


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions


Track 1:
Drone Wisdom: Our UAS Story at Cherokee Nation Businesses

  • Owen Unangst, Director Technology Sector, Cherokee Nation Technologies

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Crash Data Collection and Analysis

This session will highlight ongoing initiatives intended to help Tribes improve their collection and use of crash data. Participants will hear about targeted technical assistance available to Tribes through NHTSA GO Teams and the latest Native American Traffic Safety Facts data; key findings of the NCHRP-788 Guide for Effective Tribal Crash Reporting and of two recent Congressional reports; results from analyzed crash data in and around reservations within California; and newly developed web-based Tribal Crash Reporting System.

  • Tom Bragan, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA
  • Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer & Safety Program Manager, FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation
  • Dr. David Ragland, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Kim Vachal, North Dakota State University

 

Track 3: Putting Transit Funding to Work & Alternatives to Transit Grant Funding

  • Neil Rodriguez, Project Manager, National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  • Michia Casebier, President, M.G. Tech-Writing, LLC

 

Workshop: Session 3: Developing Your Aggregate Resources
From Millions of Rocks to Millions of Dollars: A Four-Pronged Approach to Starting an Aggregate Business

  • Duane O. Matt, Geologist, Division of Energy and Mineral Development

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC)
Session 5: Building both Vertical and Horizontal Projects

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA
  • Chris McCray, Transportation & Safety Manager, Pawnee Nation

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Networking Break (complimentary beverages included)


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: FHWA

 

Track 2: NHTSA
Tribal Law Enforcement Impaired Driving Training Initiative

This session will announce a partnership initiative between NHTSA, BIA, and Indian Police Academy. Hear how each organization is working to implement Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to the course offerings for tribal officers.

  • Sam Sinclair, Regional Program Manager, NHTSA Region 6

 

Successful State and Tribal Collaborations
This session will provide information regarding the State of Montana’s Safe On All Roads (SOAR) program that provides strong and meaningful messages relevant to the individual culture of each community.

  • Sheila Cozzie, Cultural Liaison, Montana Department of Transportation

 

Track 3:
Tribal Success Stories: CTGR TERO - MOU with the Oregon (ODOT) and Hamilton Cemetery Access Board Road Project

  • John Mercier, Manager, Tribal Transportation Program Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Clarence Daniel, Director, Association of Village Council Presidents

 

Workshop: Session 4: Developing Your Aggregate Resources
From Millions of Rocks to Millions of Dollars: A Four-Pronged Approach to Starting an Aggregate Business

  • Duane O. Matt, Geologist, Division of Energy and Mineral Development

 

Workshop: Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Cont.
Defining and Managing with Limited Resources

  • Ken Atkins, Contract Administration Engineer, FHWA
  • David Deutsawe, Director Community Development Office, Pueblo of Acoma

Thursday, May 16

7:00 am – 12:00 pm | Registration Open


7:30 am – 8:45 am | Breakfast (included)


9:00 am – 11:30 am | TTAP Listening Session

  • Tony Furst, Chief Innovation Officer, FHWA

 

11:45 am | Boxed Lunch (included)



The CM/GC Workshop and the Developing Your Aggregate Resources are continuous sessions; however, participants aren’t required to attend each session. All meals and networking breaks are included in the registration rate. Schedule as of April 29, 2019; subject to change

Take a look at the schedule and presentations from 2018!