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DOT SMART Grants Program Consultation

July 14 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

We are writing to share that the U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) is preparing to
publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) regarding the Strengthening Mobility and
Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program established by the historic Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law. The SMART program will provide $500 million in grant funding over the
next 5 years. The funding will support Tribal, state, and local initiatives that focus on smart city
and community technologies that improve transportation safety and efficiency.
To carry out the principles in E.O. 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal
Governments”, and to afford our Tribal partners an opportunity to provide meaningful input
regarding the development and implementation of the eligibility criteria for the SMART Grants
Program as allowed by the authorizing statute, and to inform how Tribes may apply for the
SMART program funds, the Department will be hosting a Tribal Consultation on Thursday, July
14, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.
We anticipate the NOFO will be published in September of 2022. Prior to the publication of the
NOFO, however, we look forward to hearing your comments and insight regarding how the
program eligibility criteria may be structured to best achieve the goals and objectives of this new
discretionary grant program.
You can access the Tribal Consultation using this link:
https://usdot.zoomgov.com/j/16003203731. If prompted, the meeting ID is 160 0320 3731.
Registration is not required.
Please know we welcome and value your input, including recommendations for actions the
Department should continue to take to work with Indian Tribes on a government-to-government
basis and any new steps that can be taken in order to better facilitate the nation-to nation relationship.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Milo Booth, Director of Tribal Affairs at
(202) 309-9786 or milo.booth@dot.gov or tribalaffairs@dot.gov.


July 14
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Thursday, August 4

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)