By the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ own standards, the vast majority—83 percent—of the roads the agency oversees are in unacceptable condition. Pot holes, wash-outs and broken bridges make it hard for people in Indian Country to get to work and for goods to get where they need to go. The federal Tribal Transportation Program is ramping up and is slated to spend $500 million a year by 2020 on tribal road projects. We’ll get an assessment of the state of roads on Native land and what’s being done to improve them.
Carl Slater (Navajo) – public information officer for the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation
Matt Jaffe – partner at Sonosky Chambers, Sache, Enderson and Perry
Sam Windy Boy (Apsáalooke) – transportation director for the Crow Tribe Transportation Program
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