BIA Indian Highway Safety Program

 The Highway Safety Act of 1966, U.S.C. Title 23, Section 402, provides U.S. Department of Transportation funding to assist Indian tribes in implementing traffic safety projects. These Projects are designed to reduce the high number of traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injuries and property damage within Indian communities.

Indian Highway Safety grants are financial assistance grants for federally recognized tribes. If awarded, funds are to be used to enhance the tribe’s current law enforcement or child safety seat programs. All Indian Highway Safety grants are performance based.

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Program Website

Lawrence "Lou" Robertson - Director

  • Phone : (505) 563 - 3814
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Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds (TTPSF)

Each year under the FAST Act, 2% of the available TTP funds are set aside to address transportation safety issues in Native America. Funds are available to federally recognized Indian tribes through a competitive, discretionary program. Awarded annually, projects are chosen whose outcomes will address the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation related incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes. Transportation fatalities and injuries severely impact the quality of life in Indian country. Statistics are consistently higher than the rest of the nation as a whole; FHWA advocates the development of strategic Transportation Safety Plans as a means for tribes to determine how transportation safety needs will be addressed in and around tribal communities. Additional information on developing safety plans can be found here.

 Eligible projects for the TTP Safety Fund under the FAST Act include: development and revision of transportation safety plans, crash data improvement, road safety audits, and other activities, primarily infrastructure improvements, as listed in 23 U.S.C. 148(a)(4).  

Program Website

Adam Larsen - Safety Engineer & Safety Program Manager

Other Federal Funding Programs

NHTSA Programs
NHTSA has several funding sources managed by State agencies.

Highway Safety Improvement Program and State Highway Safety Programs
FHWA (23 U.S.C. 148) and NHTSA (23 U.S.C. 402 and 405(c)) funding managed by individual state DOTs.

Community Oriented Policing Services
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services offer programmatic opportunities to highlight best-practice community policing and safety programs. Opportunities exist for Tribal and local law enforcement agencies to apply for grants to pilot safety-oriented initiatives.


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