Eastern Regional Tribal Technical Assistance Program


PI:  John Velat

The Eastern Region Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) at Michigan Tech collaborates with the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) to conduct transportation technology transfer, training, technical assistance, and distribution of technical and program information originating primarily from the FHWA, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), state departments of transportation (DOTs) tribal DOTs, tribal governments and intertribal organizations. The objectives of this program are to provide training, technical assistance, technology transfer, and information exchange in the following areas for American Indian Tribal Governments in the Midwestern and Eastern BIA regions in a culturally appropriate manner: 1) Intergovernmental transportation planning, project selection, tourism and recreational travel, and safety; 2) Infrastructure management (e.g. low volume roads, safety/drainage/pavements, gravel road maintenance, work zone safety); 3) Transportation management systems for enhanced performance (e.g. safety, bridge, pavement and congestion); 4) Transportation program or project management under self-determination contracts, self-governance compacts, and FHWA or BIA programmatic agreements; 5) Development of the capacity of tribal transportation departments to establish and deliver transportation programs (e.g. administrative, management skills, reporting, procurement, and financial systems); and 6) Development and maintenance of a communication network on technical transportation issues and current FHWA and BIA initiatives (e.g. Every Day Counts, Strategic Highway Research Program) among tribal governments, Federal and State and local transportation agencies, and others as appropriate.


John Velat
John Velat