The newly renamed National Tribal Symposium to Advance Transportation (NTS) is an annual event for tribal, federal, state, and private transportation professionals from across the U.S., providing transportation-related technical information and resources to those who live, work, and travel the roadways of Indian Country, and for all who are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure on tribal land.

NTS is a federally supported conference and the event for tribal, federal, state and private transportation professionals. It is presented by the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration’s Center for Local Aid Support, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference is an event organized by The Center for Tribal Transportation.

This year's Symposium is built entirely around YOU, and how to provide you with the best resources to improve the transportation infrastructure on tribal land. The conference will include both the high-level overview of issues important to you, as well as specific knowledge-based best practices and concepts.
At NTS, you can meet one-on-one with FHWA, the Tribal Technical Program (TTP), and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and NHTSA to discuss challenges, seek guidance, and topics related to your program. Meeting requests can be made during registration.

If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please contact the Office of Program Delivery at Be sure to include the proposed title of your session and a brief description.


No, registration is open up to and through the conference.
Registration fees vary depending on which option you select. Please check back in mid-March for more details.

The following meals are included:

  • Tuesday, May 14: breakfast, two networking breaks, lunch
  • Wednesday, May 15: breakfast, 2 networking breaks, lunch
  • Thursday, May 16: breakfast, networking break, lunch
No one under the age of 16 will be admitted in the exhibit hall or in classrooms. Anyone over the age of 16 must have an official NTS 2019 badge.
Cancellations received in writing by April 26 will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. After April 26, there are no refunds and registrants are obligated to pay 100% of the registration fee, regardless of attendance or payment status. Submit requests to

All FHWA participation should be coordinated with the Center for Local Aid Support. FHWA staff should email for more information.

Attendees and exhibitors may NOT exchange, give, trade, or sell their NTS badge to anyone. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be immediately removed from the conference and no refund for registration fees paid will be provided.


Hotel reservations are not yet open. Please check back mid-March for more information.
If you require any special assistance to participate or have special dietary requirements, please indicate your specific needs during the registration process. A member of our team will be in touch with you regarding your request.
Business/business casual attire and comfortable walking shoes are recommended in educational sessions and the exhibit hall. Conference rooms can be chilly, so bring layers!


To reserve a booth at NTS 2019, you must complete the exhibit space application. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Keith Biersner at 571.233.4503 or

Please check back soon for the 2019 space application.

Registration is not yet open for exhibitors. Please check back mid-March.

Hotel reservations are not yet open. Please check back mid-March.

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