Cherokee Nation makes history with federal transportation compact

Cherokee Nation federal transportation compact
Cherokee Nation federal transportation compact

( Support Journalism President Joe Biden’s administration has taken another step to improve relations between the United States and tribal nations by signing an agreement giving the Cherokee Nation greater control over road improvements within its reservation.

The Tribal Transportation Self-Governance compact allows the tribe to plan and oversee its own transportation projects without seeking federal authorization. This story was reported by Gaylord News , a Washington reporting project of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. “Having oversight for the first time to plan, lead and oversee the finance of our own road projects will only mean more and better investments in terms of travel and infrastructure in the Cherokee Nation to the benefit of thousands of citizens,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg visited Oklahoma to sign the federal transportation compact in June.

“This is the first agreeance of its kind between a tribal nation and the U.S. government and we certainly hope in the Biden-Harris administration that this is the first of many to come,” said Trottenberg . “Thanks to the Cherokee Nation’s leadership, every tribe in the country now has a model that it can pursue in its own self-governance agreements.” ‘Empowering tribal self-governance’

The Cherokee has already spent more than $10.5 million on road projects in Fiscal Year 2022. (Cherokee Nation) The agreement reaffirms the Cherokee Nation’s self-determination and self-governance through control over how federal transportation dollars will be spent. According to […]

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