Expect thought-provoking sessions across these relevant tracks: Gravel, Safety, Finance, Sharing Your Success, Transit, and Grants. Full schedule coming soon; please check back for updates.

DAILY

Schedule

  • Monday, September 24
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm

    Attendee Registration

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm

    Road Scholars Grand Opening - Facility Tour and Exhibits

    Bus Rides to Facility at 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am

    Return Rides from Facility at 8:45am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am

  • 10:00am

    Invocation - Chief Gordon Yellowman, Cheyenne Tribe

  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Exhibitor Registration and Move-In

  • Road Scholar Certification Training (afternoon only)
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm

    Workshop Sessions

    Workshop 1: Innovative Financing for Tribal Transportation - Pete Mancauskas, FHWA

    Workshop 2: Learning to Data Mine to Support Your Safety Plan - Hillary Isebrands, FHWA

    Technical Assistance Open House - FHWA, TTAP; Stations include Safety, Planning & Procurement, Project Delivery, Asset & Data Management, Maintenance & Operations, Tribal Transportation Program, Training

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm

    Networking Break

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Workshops and Technical Assistance Open House Continue - FHWA, TTAP

  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Exhibits Open

  • Tuesday, September 25
  • 6:30am - 8:00am
    Attendee Registration
  • 7:00am - 8:00am
    Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Road Scholars Sessions (pre-registration required)
  • 8:00am - 11:30am

    Plenary Session

    Color Guard

    Invocation - David Wilson, Superintendent, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, Choctaw Nation

    Welcome - Mr. Neal McCaleb, Ambassador at Large, Chickasaw Nation

    Keynote - Deputy Assistant Secretary Anthony Bedell, DOT (invited)

    Innovation in Transportation - Tony Furst, Federal Highway Administration

  • 9:30am - 10:00am
    Networking Break
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    National Perspective on the Tribal Transportation Program - Tim Hess, Federal Highway Administration

    Federal Updates - LeRoy Gishi (BIA), Erin Kenley (TTP), Tim Hess (TTP)

  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Lunch; Cultural Event
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    One on One Sessions Available with FHWA or BIA
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Gravel Road Design - The Roadway Prism

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

    Track 3: The Legislative Process - Laws and Regs - Resource Center SME's (FHWA)

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Transit Asset Management (TAM) for Tribal Transit - Walt Diangson, South West Transit Association

    Track 6: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant - Allison Rogers (FHWA)

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Educational Sessions

    Track 1: Bio Preferred for Transportation - Chris Case, United Soy Bean Board

    Track 2: TBD

    Track 3: Introduction to New FHWA Tribal Transportation Program Financial and Administrative Technical Assistance - Douglas Rogers (FHWA)

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Human Trafficking and Its Relationship with the Public - Kristen Joiner (South West Transit Assoc.)

    Track 6: How to Apply for USDA Grant Applications - Chris Defresse (USDA)

  • Wednesday, September 26
  • 6:30am - 8:00am
    Attendee Registration
  • 7:00am - 8:00am
    Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Road Scholars Sessions (pre-registration required)
  • 8:00am - 9:30am

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Material Quality for the Unpaved Road

    Track 2: Communicating Safety to Elected Officials Tribal Councils - FHWA Resource Center

    Track 3: Debarment (SAMS) / Accounts Payables - Doug Roberts (FHWA)

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Tribal Transit 101 - Charles Rutkoski, Community Transportation Association of America

    Track 6: How to Apply for FTA Grants - Sharon Coates (FTA)

  • 8:30am - 4:30pm
    One on One Sessions Available with FHWA or BIA
  • 9:30am - 10:00am
    Networking Break
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Material Quality for Unpaved Roads - Steve Monlux, Consultant

    Track 2: Combating Roadway Departures - FHWA

    Track 3: Transportation Accounting/Financial Systems - Doug Roberts (FHWA)

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Developing a Strong Safety Culture within Tribal Transit - Walt Diangson, South West Transit Association

    Track 6: How to Apply for BIA - Indian Health Services Grants - Lawrence Robertson 

  • One on One Sessions Available with FHWA or BIA
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Luncheon Keynote Speaker
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Does My Unpaved Road Need Chemical Application - Matthew Durfrane, Invirotech Services, Inc.

    Track 2: Driving to Distraction is a Deadly Choice - Jennifer Haugh, AA Allied

    Track 3: Engineering 101 for Finance Staff - FHWA Resource Center SME

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Promoting Tribal Transit Services - Charles Rutkowski, Community Transportation Association of America

    Track 6: How to Apply for FEMA Grants - Roberto Ramirez, FEMA

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Extending the Life Span of Your Gravel Road - Bob Vitale, Midwest Industrial Supply

    Track 2: TBD

    Track 3: Contract Management - Strengthening From Within - Darcell Collins, FHWA

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Disability Sensitivity and the ADA Compliant Process - Ken Thompson, Easter Seals

    Track 6: NHTSA

  • One on One Sessions Available with FHWA or BIA
  • Thursday, September 27
  • 6:30am - 8:00am
    Attendee Registration
  • 7:00am - 8:00am
    Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Road Scholars Sessions (pre-registration required)
  • 8:00am - 9:30am

    Educational Sessions
    Track 1: Unpaved Road Asset Management - Mark Nahra, Woodbury County, IA

    Track 2: Unpaved Road Safety - Laura Fay, Western Transit Institute

    Track 3: Single Audit Preparation - Doug Roberts, FHWA

    Track 4: Sharing Tribal Success

    Track 5: Transit

    Track 6: Grants

  • 9:30am - 10:00am
    Networking Break
  • 10:00am - 11:30am
    Tribal Technical Assistance Program Presentation and Listening Session
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Lunch and Closing Remarks
  • Closing Ceremony

*During the registration process, Tribes will be able to request meetings with FHWA, the Tribal Technical Program (TTP) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Registration for the Road Scholar classes will be available as part of the NTTC registration process.