About TTAP

THE MISSION OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TTAP CENTER
The Southern Plains TTAP Center strives for a stronger, safer, smarter transportation workforce through technology, training, and education. Our goal is to connect, communicate, and collaborate with tribes and partners as we build dynamic relationships in the transportation community. 
 
THE TRIBAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CENTERS
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is a training and technology transfer resource for Native American tribes in the United States. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The goals of TTAP are accomplished through technology transfer and training, research, and cultural consideration.
 
In 1991, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized a need to expand the Local Technical Assistance Program to serve tribal nations; which was accomplished through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). This expansion authorized a program to directly serve Native American tribal governments, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program.
 
Four TTAP centers were initially established in Colorado, Michigan, Montana, and Washington. The TTAP Center at Oklahoma State University (OSU) was started in 1995. Also that year, a sixth center began operation in California, followed shortly by a seventh center in Alaska. The TTAP Center at OSU was renamed "The Southern Plains TTAP Center" in August, 2012.
 
Currently, the seven TTAP Centers include the Mountain West TTAP Center in Gilbert, AZ; the Northwest TTAP Center at Eastern Washington University; Eastern TTAP Center at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI;  the Alaska TTAP Center at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, AK; the Western TTAP Center at the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) in Santa Rosa, CA; the Northern Plains TTAP at Bismarck, ND; and the Southern Plains TTAP Center at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.
 
TRIBAL CENTER AT OSU SERVES FOUR STATES
The Southern Plains TTAP Center serves 44 tribes in four states: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Karla Sisco is the TTAP Center manager and oversees all TTAP activities. Amy M. Echo-Hawk is the program speciailst and coordinates marketing and training. Tabatha Harris is the Tribal Safety Circuit Rider and focuses on the behavioral aspects of highway safety.

The SPTTAP Center is an outreach of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) at OSU. CEAT also hosts the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which serves county and local governments in Oklahoma. The LTAP and SPTTAP each offer different training opportunities, which provide enhanced government-to-government relations between the tribes and the counties. SPTTAP and Oklahoma LTAP provide webinars and training on FHWA’s Every Day Counts initiatives to its clients. EDC was designed to deploy innovation aimed at reducing the time it takes to deliver highway projects, enhance safety, and protect the environment.