Transition to Sustainability - A Strategy for Developing Disaster Resistant Communities is an introduction to an FHWA Program that works with Tribal Communities to develop disaster strategies and plans. Attend to learn how your community may participate in the Program! This course will take place August 29, 2011 at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in Reno, Nevada and September 1, 2011 Harrah's Rincon in Valley Center, California.  Registration for this FREE event is available online:
Reno, NV session, Aug. 29, 2011 -
Rincon/ Valley Center, CA session, Sept. 1, 2011 -

NASD Leadership Program - Native American Student Development will be introducing several new programs for the Fall 2011 semester. The foundation for each program is a focus on undergraduate academic achievement and a commitment to developing the best thinkers and leaders in Indian Country today.  Any questions should be addressed to Dr. Reid Gómez at

TIGER Webinar Series - The U.S. Department of Transportation is offering a series of on-line webinars on various aspects of the TIGER application process including benefit/cost analysis, project readiness, public private partnerships and TIFIA, freight, MARAD port outreach, and competing for TIGER grants.  All of the webinars will be held from 1:00 -2:30 p.m. EST, and they will take place through the end of August.  There are no registration fees for these sessions, but space is limited so advance registration is required.  After the webinars take place, they will be archived and made available for your review over the next several months.  Additional information can be found at the following website:

Tribal Transit: Principles of Transit Management Courses - The Small Urban & Rural Transit Center (SURTC) has developed an intensive three day course that covers virtually all aspects of transit and paratransit management for operators of tribal transit programs across the country.  The course will take place September 7-9, 2011 in Bismarck, ND at the Doublewood Inn and Convention Center. 

Research related to Hitchhiking Conducted by Freakonomics Radio - The Freakonomics Radio Program ( is seeking any information about hitchhiking practices in Indian Country.  If you would like to let them know if hitchhiking still occurs in your community, please contact Ms. Diana Huynh at

L552 Continuity of Operations (COOP) for Tribal Governments Course – This course is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The purpose of this course is to give Tribal governments a foundation for ensuring operation of essential government functions during emergency events. Classroom space is limited to 45 participants. Registration ends Sept 2nd. To register, please contact Margaret Gomez at 760-883-1345 or

The 2011 National Tribal GIS Conference – This event is taking place October 24 - 27, 2011 at SIPI College, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Papers are now being accepted for the Utilization of GIS and GPS technologies within Indian Country, and responses are due by Friday, September 30, 2011. Inquiries regarding the National Tribal GIS Conference and your response to the Call for Papers may be sent to Letisha Couch.   Additional information and contact information can be found at the following website. 

New California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center Website - The new California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center website is full of resources, information, and news to support your SRTS grant program or get a project started in your community! You will find guidance on and examples of the components of a comprehensive SRTS program – Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation – as well as information specifically for current SRTS grant recipients. The new site also features training opportunities, tools, and creative funding ideas to sustain your SRTS efforts. Explore the new website here:

Native American Day - Native American Day falls on Friday, September 23, 2011; however, a celebration of this state holiday will be held on the south steps of the State Capitol on Thursday, September 22rd, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for Tribal members to attend Tribal activities on “Native American Day”.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Honoring our Elders.”

26th Annual California Indian Conference - October 27-30, 2011. The California Indian Conference is an annual event for the exchange of perspectives and knowledge concerning the first peoples of the place now known as California, past to present. Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Conference will be held on the campus of CSU, Chico.

For additional information about the California Indian Conference, please contact:

Amy Huberland