From dedicated educational tracks, to sessions that deliver best practices from your peers, and technical assistance from transportation leaders and experts onsite, this year's event is not to be missed!

Monday, September 24

12:00pm – 4:30pm | Road Scholar Sessions (pre-registration required)

1:00pm – 4:30pm | Workshop 1: Innovative Financing for Tribal Transportation
In this workshop, tribal governments will be provided with an overview of the available tools to expand capacity to design and implement alternative finance strategies for delivering transportation infrastructure. You’ll learn about a wide range of highway financing tools such as public private Partnerships, different government lending programs, and bond finance strategies. By being knowledgeable about a wide range of options, both traditional and non-traditional, transportation professionals can better ensure that critical projects are funded and delivered on schedule, and that continuing needs for the preservation and efficient operation of the system are taken into account.

• Speaker: Pete Mancauskas, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

1:00pm – 4:30pm | Workshop 2: Learning to Data Mine to Support Your Safety Plan

• Speaker: Hillary Isebrands, FHWA
• Room: Great Plains

3:00pm – 4:30pm | Technical Assistance Open House: FHWA, TTAP

• Stations include: Safety, Planning & Procurement, Project Delivery, Asset & Data Management, Maintenance & Operations, Tribal Transportation Program, Training


Tuesday, September 25

8:00am – 4:30pm | Road Scholar Sessions (pre-registration required)

8:30am – 11:30am | Plenary Session

• Facilitator: Cindi Ptak, FHWA
• Color Guard: OKCPS Native American Student Color Guard
• Invocation: Harold Barse, Superintendent, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, Choctaw Nation
• Welcome: Mr. Neal McCaleb, Ambassador at Large, Chickasaw Nation
• Keynote: TBA
• Innovation in Transportation: Tony Furst, FHWA

10:00am – 11:30am | National Perspective on the Tribal Transportation Program & Federal Updates

• Speaker: Tim Hess, FHWA; LeRoy Gishi, BIA; Erin Kenley, TTP

1:00pm – 2:30pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Is Your Road Maintenance Program Earth Friendly?
Government agencies have been tasked with leadership in promoting environmentally sustainable actions and activities. The use of biobased products is one recommended way that agencies can significantly be "lighter on the Land" ("Reduce their Environmental Footprint") through product selection and purchasing choices. This presentation describes the variety of soy biobased products available for general and road maintenance activities as well as why pavement preservation treatment is necessary and the biobased products that are available for roads.

• Speakers: Chris V. Case, Biobased Coach/Consultant, United Soybean Board; Hassan Tabatabaee, PhD, Global Technical Manager, Cargill Industrial Specialties
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Safety Lessons from Law Enforcement on Designing Your Road

• Speakers: Oglala Sioux Tribe
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: The Legislative Process: Laws and Regs
This session is designed for anyone desiring to understand what happens in Congress to fund highways. Attendees will learn the history of highway authorization acts and how new acts are developed. They will also understand the annual process that provides the funds used to build roads, highways and other transportation facilities and maintain them.

• Speaker: Matt Bird, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 4: Transit Asset Management (TAM) for Tribal Transit
FTA requires that all recipients of transit funding develop and adopt a Transit Asset Management Plan (TAMP). This requirement includes recipients of Sec. 5311c for tribal transit. The purpose of a TAMP is to guide optimal prioritization of funding to keep a transit system in a State of Good Repair (SGR) by using the condition of assets (vehicles, equipment and facilities). This session will provide an overview of the requirement and process.

• Speaker: Walt Diangson, South West Transit Association
• Room: Great Plains

Track 5: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant
The session will review OST’s tips on how to compete for BUILD grants. Topics include: projects that typically compete well in past rounds of the grant program, review and discuss the merit criteria for the grant program, application pitfalls, and next steps for successful applicants.

• Speaker: Allison Rogers, FHWA
• Room: Green Country

3:00pm – 4:30pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Gravel Road Design: The Roadway Prism
This class will provide information about the design of gravel roads utilizing Tribal Transportation Program funding. Participants will learn the parameters of designing a new location road including vertical and horizontal alignment, hydraulics and structure design.

• Speaker: Tom Edwards, Cross Timbers Consulting
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: TTP Project Development: Concept, Coordination, Design & Construction
One of the pivotal aspects of bringing a TTP Project from conceptual idea to successful fruition encompasses developing innovative solutions. We will look at what some of these innovations may be and explore lessons learned from previous Tribal projects.

• Speaker: Matt Riddell, Qk4
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: Introduction to New FHWA Tribal Transportation Program Financial and Administrative Technical Assistance

• Speaker: Cindi Ptak, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 4: Human Trafficking and Its Relationship with the Public
Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. No matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. This session gives specifics on its effects in Indian Country and how to ensure your tribal transit system is prepared.

• Speaker: Kary Hughes, South West Transit Assoc.
• Room: Great Plains

Track 5: How to Apply for USDA Grant Applications
Overview of our loan and grant programs in USDA's four mission areas.

• Speaker: Dr. Lee R Denney, Rural Development, USDA
• Room: Green Country

3:00pm – 4:30pm | One-on-One Sessions Available with FHWA or BIA


Wednesday, September 26

8:00am – 4:30pm | Road Scholar Sessions (pre-registration required)

8:00am – 9:30am | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Constructing the Gravel Road Alignment
The design, if any, of many gravel roads is highly varied but the final alignment and surface shape are critical for success. Drainage, drainage, drainage must be present for any road to work correctly! Whether new or old construction, the future maintenance requires addressing surface materials, desired speeds, load capacity, changing weather conditions, etc. Typically, minor changes in maintenance techniques have shown to dramatically influence performance.

• Speaker: Cedric "Sid" Clarke, Vanway Crushers
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Communicating Safety to Elected Officials Tribal Councils

• Speaker: Hillary Isebrands, FHWA
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: Debarment (SAMS)/Accounts Payables
This session is designed for anyone who is involved in accounting, finance, procurement, or contract administration. Attendees will apply the knowledge and processes presented in the training through an interactive case study to measure their understanding of Debarment (SAMS) and Vendor Evaluation.

• Speaker: Matt Bird, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 4: Tribal Transit 101
Transit programs for tribes can play an important role in linking tribal members to jobs, programs and services. This presentation will provide an overview of how to plan and initiate sustainable tribal transit services.

• Speaker: Charles Rutkowski, Community Transportation Association of America
• Room: Great Plains

Track 5: How to Apply for FTA Grants
This presentation will be an overview of how to apply for FTA funds in the Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). TrAMS is a web-based tool that was developed to allow recipients to apply for federal funds, manage their programs in accordance with federal requirements, and provide the FTA with a method to review, approve, control, and oversee the distribution of funds. The TrAMS system maintains information on each recipient organization, the organizations compliance with eligibility requirements for awards, and the users within their organization

• Speaker: Sharon Coates, FTA
• Room: Green Country

10:00am – 11:30am | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Material Quality for Unpaved Roads
Gravel quality is critical for low volume road transportation to ensure optimum life and reduce life cycle costs for road networks. Techniques for improving gravel quality will be explained and references made to additional information.

• Speaker: Steve Monlux, Consultant
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Combating Roadway Departures

• Speaker: Hillary Isebrands, FHWA
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: Transportation Accounting/Financial Systems
This module is designed for anyone who is involved in accounting, finance, procurement, finance IT, or contract administration. Attendees will apply the knowledge and processes presented in the training through an interactive case study to measure their understanding of the concepts involved in developing and assessing compliant transportation accounting/financial systems.

• Speaker: Matt Bird, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 4: Developing a Strong Safety Culture within Tribal Transit
A safety culture is an outgrowth of organizational culture that places a high level of importance on safety beliefs, values and attitudes—and these are shared by most people within the organization or workplace. It should be characterized as “the way we do things around here” for safety. This session will also discuss the role of tribal community culture and its influence on a strong safety culture within tribal transit.

• Speaker: Walt Diangson, South West Transit Association
• Room: Great Plains

Track 5: How to Apply for BIA – Indian Health Services Grants
This presentation will provide information on the Indian Highway Safety Program. The need for the grants, the past performance and the types of grants that are available to the tribes. The information will allow the tribal participants to decide if one of these grants can be helpful to their community.

• Speaker: Lawrence Robertson
• Room: Green Country

11:30am – 1:00pm | Luncheon Keynote: Chris Benge
Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oklahoma; State Secretary of Native American Affairs

1:00pm – 2:30pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Does My Unpaved Road Need Chemical Application

• Speaker: Steven R. Clark, Envirotech Services, Inc.
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Driving to Distraction is a Deadly Choice
This session will address the issue of distracted driving and potential solutions, both using technology and changing cultures. Workplace plans for minimizing distracted driving and the resulting risks will be discussed in a highly interactive forum.

• Speaker: Leslie Gamble, AAA Oklahoma
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: Single Audit Preparation

• Speaker: Matt Bird, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 4: Promoting Tribal Transit Services

• Speaker: Charles Rutkowski, Community Transportation Association of America
• Room: Great Plains

Track 5: How to Apply for FEMA Grants

• Speaker: Shanene Thomas, FEMA
• Room: Green Country

3:00pm – 4:30pm | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Extending the Life Span of Your Gravel Road

• Speakers: Matt Medford, Midwest Industrial Supply
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Contract Management—Strengthening from Within
Will discuss some contracting best practices that will aid in strengthening the Tribal Transportation Department’s management of contracts before, during, and after construction.

• Speaker: Darcell Collins, FHWA
• Room: Frontier

Track 3: Disability Sensitivity and the ADA Compliant Process
The presentation will feature information on disability sensitivity and the ADA complaint process for transportation providers. Topics include serving customers with disabilities and etiquette for interacting with customers in the transit environment. Also, an overview of important considerations for implementing an effective complaint process will be provided with ample time for questions.

• Speaker: Ken Thompson, Easter Seals
• Room: Great Plains

Track 4: Traffic Safety Success in Indian Country: How NHTSA Can Help You Succeed
This information session will discuss resources available for you, including NHTSA training, education, safety data and grant opportunities. You will learn about important, emerging safety topics ranging from the complicated impaired driving problem to motorcycle and pedestrian safety.

• Speakers: Brian Jones, Maggie Gunnels Ph.D., M.S., NHTSA
• Room: Green Country


Thursday, September 27

8:00am – 4:30pm | Road Scholar Sessions (pre-registration required)

8:00am – 9:30am | Concurrent Educational Sessions

Track 1: Unpaved Road Asset Management
Session will discuss several topics that apply to an asset management program including: scalable condition assessment tools; fixing potholes: reacting to complaints; tracking time, costs, equipment, and materials; apps, calculators, gis/gps, and innovations.

• Speaker: Eddie Johnson, Minnesota Local Road Research Board
• Room: 18th/19th Century

Track 2: Tribal Road Mapping

• Speaker: Matt Morgan, TTAP Center
• Room: 20th Century

Track 3: Engineering 101 for Finance Staff

• Speaker: Roy Siegal
• Room: Frontier

10:00am – 11:30am | Tribal Technical Assistance Program Presentation and Listening Session & Closing Remarks

* as of September 21, 2018