To assist with tribal consultation and coordination efforts, certain ADOT divisions, sections, groups and offices have designated personnel to work directly with tribal officials and staff on a regular basis. Contact information for ADOT tribal Liaisons and Coordinators are provided below.
ADOT MPD Tribal Planners, who also work as ADOT department-wide tribal liaisons, provide planning support and inter-governmental coordination for ADOT's statewide and regional planning projects and programs as they impact tribal governments and communities. Special emphasis is placed on conducting coordination efforts to improve tribal participation in the statewide transportation planning and programming processes.
The MPD Tribal Liaisons have organized tribal land areas within Arizona into regions of responsibility to provide improved coverage and service (see maps). Requests for assistance should be sent to the designated Liaison as indicated in the listings by Tribe. The Liaisons also provide backup coordination assistance to one another, as needed.
The ADOT Right of Way Tribal Liaisons work with tribal transportation partnership steering committees plus associated task teams to address tribal transportation issues. As Right of Way project managers, these staff persons review project documents and plans and oversee acquisition of parcels needed by ADOT for highways throughout the State.
The technical Section Manager works with the Historic Preservation team within the NEPA process. There is no one individual responsible for all tribal consultation; however, the Historic Preservation Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that all necessary Section 106-related tribal consultations take place and that the tribal consultation process is in full federal and state compliance.
Staff from the ADOT Communications provides public relations and media relations throughout the state. This office also supports activities involving Native American Tribes.
The ADOT Partnering Office provides a forum for collaborative teamwork. ADOT currently has partnering teams with the Navajo Nation/Navajo DOT, Hopi Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe and White Mountain Apache Tribe.
The ADOT Government Relations and Policy Development Office provides a proactive and effective process through which ADOT communicates with and serves the state legislature, elected officials and the people of Arizona. Governmental Relations assists with tribal related issues involving ADOT.