Join America Walks and our partners from the tribal community planning world on Tuesday, June 23rd for Part 1 in our Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country series.
Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety will ask why pedestrian fatalities are so prevalent in tribal communities.
American Indians and Alaska Natives are much more likely to be killed while walking than any other racial or ethnic group with a recorded pedestrian death rate almost five times the national average. And these shocking statistics probably understate the true disparity because of a fragmented reporting system.
Webinar panelists representing government agencies, research organizations, and the communities of Pueblo of Laguna and Yakama Nation will provide an overview of the pedestrian fatality/injury data and explore potential solutions to this problem.
Tabatha Harris is a Tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She currently works as a Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist for the National Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center, which serves 574 Tribal Nations. Previously, Tabatha has served as an Indian Health Service TIPCAP coordinator for the Kaw Nation, and an Injury Prevention Specialist for the Tribal Technical Assistance Program. In 2017, she received one of the five National Congress of American Indian’s Native Graduate Health Policy Fellowships. Tabatha has over 11 years of experience in the social services and public health – she holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Tabatha is a 2019-2020 Indian Health Service Epidemiology Fellow working on projects to assess Tribal MVC data intake and usage.
Misty Klann is the program planning specialist for the Office of Tribal Transportation at FHWA. She works in partnership with BIA to provide transportation planning oversight and technical assistance to Tribes under the Tribal Transportation Program. Prior to joining FHWA in 2015, Misty spent most of her career with the Arizona Department of Transportation. Her last role with ADOT was as the Tribal Planning Program Manager and as the agency’s designated Tribal liaison. Misty is a member of the Navajo Nation and currently resides in Mesa, Arizona.
Margo Hill is a Spokane Tribal member and was raised on the Spokane Indian reservation. She is the Director of the Eastern Washington University Tribal Planning Program, where she also teaches Urban and Regional Planning. Previously, Margo worked in the legal field to protect tribal sovereignty, provide legal counsel to Tribal Council, and assist in revision of Tribal Law and Order Codes, serving as the Spokane Tribal Attorney and Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court Judge. She has also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services to complete Tribal Court Assessments. Margo holds a Juris Doctorate from University of Gonzaga School of Law and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.
Sharon Hausam is the Planning Program Manager for the Pueblo of Laguna. She has over twenty years of tribal planning experience emphasizing community-based practice across all planning areas. She is adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches Planning on Native American Lands and is affiliated with the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute, and is an instructor for Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. Dr. Hausam holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her research focused on Native American and non-Native interactions in planning processes.
HollyAnna DeCoteau Littlebull has worked in the public safety sector for thirty years, serving in various capacities as a medic, firefighter, police officer, and a roads supervisor. She is currently the Tribal Traffic Safety Coordinator for Yakama Nation DNR Engineering Program. HollyAnna’s vast experience working in the “four E’s of safety”—Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Response— gives her a unique perspective on best practices that play a critical role in safety effectiveness and emergency management. She is proficient in implementing and improving safety strategies that include environmental, behavioral, and policy and protocol efforts. She is also an expert in strategic planning, hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Hollyanna has authored and co-authored Washington State laws and tribal codes including, a critically needed child restraint law. On a national level, she has formerly served as a Patient Representative for the Food and Drug Administration, Washington State Co-Chair for the Patient Advocate Foundation and a Tribal Liaison for Patients/ EMT/ Nurses/ Doctors in rural America. HollyAnna currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Northwest Tribal EpiCenter Collaboration to improve the use of data relating to motor vehicle injuries.