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A Guide To Federal-Aid Programs And Projects
This guide provides basic information about the Federal-Aid programs, projects, and other program characteristics. Much of the information provided in this guide was included in the FHWA's 1999 edition of the same publication. This publication updates information from the past document and includes information resulting from the latest multi-year Federal-Aid authorizing legislative act, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59).

Consultation and Public Involvement Statutory/Regulatory Requirements
Consultation and Public Involvement Statutory/Regulatory Requirements: Working with Tribes within the Statewide/Metropolitan Transportation Planning Processes (August 2007)

Executive Order 13175, November 6, 2000
FHWA: Tribal Transportation: “Executive Order 13175” was issued in Nov, 2000 to "establsh regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, to strengthen the United States government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes, and to reduce the imposition of unfunded mandates upon Indian tribes."

Federal Lands Indian Reservation Roads Program
The Indian Reservation Roads Program addresses transportation needs of tribes by providing funds for planning, designing, construction, and maintenance activities. The program is jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration’s Federals Lands Highway Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in accordance with an interagency agreement.

Federal Title 25- Indians, Chapter I-BIA, Department of the Interior, Subchapter H-Land and Water, Part 170 IRR Program
This part provides rules and a funding formula for the Department of the Interior (DOI) in implementing the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program.

FHWA Planning, Environmental, & Realty Legislation, Regulations, & Guidance
This website contains legislation, regulations, and guidance related to planning, environment, and realty.

Final Rule on Indian Reservation Roads Program
This final rule establishes policies and procedures governing the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program. The IRR Program is a part of the Federal Lands Highway Program established to address transportation needs of tribes.

Final Rule on Indian Reservation Roads Program Subject Index
An index to 25 CFR Part 170, Indian Reservation Roads Program; Final Rule.

FTA Office of Planning site for Planning Statutes and Regulations
FTA Office of Planning website with detailed information on the federal laws, regulations, and guidance pertaining to transportation planning.

Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments, A Presidential Memorandum
Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments, A Presidential Memorandum, dated April 29, 1994, Federal Register Vol. 59, No. 85 Wednesday, May 4, 1994

Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments, A Presidential Memorandum, dated September 23, 2004
A memorandum from President George W. Bush regarding government-to-government relationships with tribal governments.

Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties
This bulletin is intended to be an aid in determining whether properties thought or alleged to have traditional cultural significance are eligible for inclusion in the National Register. It is meant to assist Federal agencies, State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs), Certified Local Governments, Indian Tribes, and other historic preservation practitioners who need to evaluate such properties when nominating them for inclusion in the National Register or when considering their eligibility for the Register as part of the review process prescribed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

How to Engage Low-Literacy and Limited-English-Proficiency Populations in Transportation Decision-making
An FHWA report that documents best practices in identifying and engaging low-literacy and limited-English-proficiency populations in transportation decisionmaking. The booklet also provides outreach techniques for these populations.

Interagency Tribal NEPA Capacity Work Group
Established by the Council on Environmental Quality with the purpose of enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and skills of Federal agencies, American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations to enable them to work more effectively together throughout the NEPA process.

Library of Congress's Thomas Legislative Information
This database makes federal legislative information freely available to the public. Content includes bills, resolutions, congressional activity, schedules, committee information, presidential nominations, and treaties.

National Register Bulletin 29, Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources
Because many Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations believe that divulging locational information and other information about the existence of traditional cultural properties will compromise the properties existence and sacred value, confidentiality of such information is of great concern. Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act permits federal agencies, with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, to withhold such sensitive information from public disclosure. Confidentiality concerns can also be included in a Section 106 agreement document between tribes and federal agencies (36 C.F.R. part 800.2(c)(2)(ii)(E))[PDF 150kb]. For additional guidance about confidentiality see National Register Bulletin 29, Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources. To obtain a copy of this publication, write to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing Key SAFETEA-LU Provisions on Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for Joint FHWA/FTA Authorities
FHWA/FTA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.

SAFETEA-LU: Interim Guidance for Implementing SAFETEA-LU Provisions Planning, Environment, and Air Quality for FHWA Authorities
FHWA interim guidance is intended for the use of FHWA and FTA field offices in working with their State/local planning partners and grantees in implementing SAFETEA-LU.

SAFETEA-LU: Transition and Implementation of SAFETEA-LU Planning Provisions
This link provides additional "clarifying information/guidance" on the transition and implementation of the SAFETEA-LU planning provisions.

Section 106 Tribal Consultation Q & A's
Questions and Answers regarding Section 106 Tribal Consultation Compliance.

Summary of Environmental Laws Affecting Transportation
This FHWA website from 1998 contains links to regulations relating to environment and transportation.

TEA-21 Reauthorization
This site was designed to be a source of information during the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which expired on September 30, 2003. TEA-21 was enacted on June 9, 1998, P.L. 105-178, and authorizes the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the 6-year period from 1998-2003.

The Environmental Guidebook
The Environmental Guidebook website is a companion website to the Federal Highway Administration’s Environmental Guidebook on Compact Disc, November 1999. It provides NEPA environmental guidance and policy information on The Natural Environment (Volume 1) and The Built and Social Environment (Volume 2).

The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues: A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision-Makers Officials and Staff
This book provides government officials, transportation decisionmakers, planning board members, and transportation service providers with an overview of transportation planning. It contains a basic understanding of key concepts in statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, along with references for additional information.

Transportation Conformity: Reference Guide
The Transportation Conformity: Reference Guide contains transportation conformity rules and relevant preamble language, questions and answers, lists of resource materials, new information, guidance, case studies, and approaches to meeting requirements.

Transportation Management Area Planning Certification Review Primer
This primer provides a basic understanding of the key concepts and expectations addressed through a review, along with references to pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and other resources.

Updated: 10/21/2014
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