ICYMI: Deputy Secretary Trottenberg visits Cherokee Nation, signs historic infrastructure compact

Tahlequah, OK — Last week Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg traveled to Cherokee Nation to participate in the signing of the first ever Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Compact with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.

This historic compact means that Cherokee Nation will have more decision-making authority to use federal funds for transportation and infrastructure initiatives that better connect residents and visitors — a model that will maximize the impact of investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read more about the historic compact here.

Photo courtesy of Cherokee Nation

Deputy Secretary Trottenberg also had the opportunity to learn about electric vehicle initiatives the Tribe has already undertaken. USDOT and the Administration have made expanding EV infrastructure in Tribal and rural areas a top priority as these drivers — who spend more time on the road than their urban counterparts — have the most to gain from the cost-savings associated with EV adoption. As part of that effort, USDOT released its first Rural EV Toolkit this spring, which is an invaluable resource for rural and tribal communities as they navigate the electric vehicle transition.

Photo courtesy of Cherokee Nation

What they’re saying:

Anadisgoi: US Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg visits Cherokee Nation to sign historic compact

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“We’re proud to stand today with the Cherokee Nation to announce this first of its kind Self-Governance Compact that gives the Tribe much-deserved decision-making authority and flexibility over federal funds for transportation projects,” said Trottenberg.

Also at KRMG Tulsa News & Talk

Indian Country Today: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg visits Cherokee Nation to sign historic compact

KWGS Public Radio Tulsa: Cherokee nation and U.S. Department of Transportation sign historic compact

Native News Online: Cherokee Nation Signs Historic Self-Governance Agreement with the U.S. DOT

“This is an incredible model and it took us a while to get there. And I think we learned a lot in the process,” Trottenberg told Native News Online, adding, “We certainly want more such agreements. We hope this is what the future looks like for Indian Country. The Biden Harris administration is committed to this mission.”

Also at Yahoo! News

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“With the signing of this agreement, we reaffirm once more the Cherokee Nation’s sovereign right to self-determination and our government-to-government partnership,” said Trottenberg.

Tahlequah Daily Press: HISTORIC COMPACT: Cherokee Nation, U.S. enter first-ever transportation agreement, further affirming sovereignty

“Thanks to the Cherokee Nation’s leadership, every tribe in the country now has a model they can pursue in its own self-governance agreements,” said Trottenberg.

Tulsa World: Cherokee Nation gains self-governance over transportation projects

2 News Oklahoma: New federal agreement allows Cherokee Nation to pursue its own road construction projects

“We have a lot of new dollars to bring to the table and we want to make sure we are really working closely on the ground to meet the needs of all these local communities. We hope this is a template for a lot of agreements to come,” Trottenberg said.

5 News Online: Cherokee Nation signs first tribe infrastructure agreement with federal government (video)

Saw it on Social:

@buildtheera: Truly a historic event. The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe to enter into the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program.

@CherokeeNation: Exciting things are happening here in the Cherokee Nation! Cherokee Nation leaders welcome @USDOT Deputy Secretary @Pollytrott to sign a historic infrastructure compact. Cherokee Nation is the first tribe to enter into the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program.

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