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.
 
From 2012-2017, the seven TTAP Centers included 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. Southern Plains TTAP served as a TTAP Center for 22 years: 1995-2017.
 
The FHWA Center for Local Aid Support (CLAS) is suspending service of all TTAP Centers on 9/30/17 and is producing a new delivery model for the TTAP System, in which a single national center will provide training and technical assistance for all 565 federally-recognized tribal governments. For details, connect with the Center for Local Aid Support at clas@dot.gov.
 
TRIBAL CENTER AT OSU SERVES FOUR STATES
The Southern Plains TTAP Center served 44 tribes in four states: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Karla Sisco was the TTAP Center manager. Amy M. Echo-Hawk was the program speciailst and coordinated marketing and training. Tabatha Harris was the Tribal Safety Circuit Rider and focused on the behavioral aspects of highway safety.

The SPTTAP Center was an extension 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 offered 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.