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In The News: Environmental Justice/Community Based Transportation Planning Grants
The 2012-2013 Environmental Justice and Community Based Transportation Planning Grants guidelines and handbook are now posted. This year’s deadline is Wednesday, April 2, 2012. Applications must be submitted via email to OfficeOfCommunityPlanning@dot.ca.gov. The office of Community Planning has a dedicated website with resources and information for the EJ/CBTP grants.
The Community Based Transportation Planning grants are intended to fund coordinated transportation and land use planning that promotes public engagement, livable communities, and a sustainable transportation system, that includes mobility, access, and safety.
In FY 2011-2012 the Office of Community Planning awarded 15 Environmental Justice Grants, including 5 to Tribe related projects:
In FY 2010-2011 the Office of Community Planning awarded 37 EJ/CBTP grants, including one for the Pit River Tribe’s “Burney Bicycle Walkway and Pedestrian Pathway Plan” project.
In FY 2009-2010 38 EJ/CBTP grants were awarded, including 4 to tribes:
For more information contact your District Native American Liaison. Contact info can be found on our District Info page, and be sure to check out the Office of Community Planning Resources Page, where they have the Application, Grants Toolbox, and Grants Guide available.
|IN OTHER NEWS|
On July 14, Director Cindy McKim made history by attending
the quarterly Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC)
Meeting. Director McKim is the first Caltrans Director to ever
attend one of these sessions, and the tribal members in attendance
expressed their appreciation for Cindy’s taking the
NAAC was established in 1997 to improve the government-to-
government relationship between the Indian Tribes of California
and Caltrans. The Committee provides advice to the Director of Caltrans regarding matters of interest or concern
During her address to the tribes, Director McKim shared a desire to explore ways that Caltrans can strengthen their relationship with the tribal communities in California. She celebrated some of the strides made in partnership with the committee, including the delivery of the Tribal Transportation Academy, which has served to build a foundation of understanding for both the tribes and for Caltrans employees and the completion of transportation needs assessments that have led to the development of Tribal Transportation Plans. The Director also gave the NAAC a brief update on some issues of importance to Caltrans and the Tribes.
This meeting, and the Director’s presence, was beneficial to all. Director McKim had an opportunity to meet tribal leaders from around the state and to hear from these individuals directly, and the NAAC members were able to raise some issues of importance, such as the need for a consistent consultation policy in the State, to Director McKim’s attention. NAAC members also used this opportunity to express their appreciation for the Environmental Justice grants that tribes throughout the state have received over the years and to share how in many cases that funding allows the tribes an opportunity to begin the process of transportation planning.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Implementation of Question 10 of 25
Bureau of Indian Affairs,
AGENCY: Department of the Interior.
Notice of Tribal Consultations.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA) is announcing tribal consultations
to discuss a proposed change in how
BIA and the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) will implement
Question 10 of 25 CFR Part 170, Subpart
C. Question 10 determines the
percentages that certain transportation
facilities contribute to the calculation of
the Relative Need Distribution Factor
(RNDF) formula for Indian Reservation
Road (IRR) Program funds. The
determination is significant because a
facility’s eligibility for Federal funds
will be used to determine the amount of
IRR funds a tribe may be eligible to
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
BIA currently determines a facility’s
percentage contribution based on
ownership. BIA proposes to change its
approach by utilizing the facility’s
functional classification as the
determining factor. The IRR Program
falls under the Federal Highway
Meeting Dates and Locations
The consultation sessions will be held on the following dates, at the following locations:
Meeting Agenda (All Times Local)
9 a.m.–9:15 a.m. (or 1 p.m.–1:15 p.m.)
Dated: July 7, 2010.
[FR Doc. 2010–17174 Filed 7–13–10; 8:45 am]
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