Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program
The Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program Center (AKTTAP) is located at the Interior Alaska Campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration to assist tribal governments in developing and managing their indigenous transportation programs. AKTTAP aims to improve transportation infrastructure in Alaska through education, training, and technology transfer. Visit the program website at http://tribalmgmt.uaf.edu/akttap
Byron Bluehorse, Associate Professor
TTAP Program Manager
Byron Bluehorse is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He holds a bachelors degree in University Studies and a masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. From 1993-1997, Byron served in the U.S. Marine Corps, an experience which led him to Japan, Panama, and the Philippines. After receiving an honorable discharge, Byron returned home to New Mexico to pursue a higher education. While in graduate school, Byron served as an AmeriCorps volunteer where he helped to establish the University of New Mexico Tribal Service Corps. Byron’s past employment experience includes the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Forest Service, Resource Center for Raza Planning and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). After moving to Alaska in 2005, Byron began working as a Contracts and Grants Specialist for the BIA. In this capacity, he provided technical assistance in the area of P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination contracting to tribal entities in the Interior and Arctic Slope regions. Byron currently lives in Fairbanks and is a member of the American Planning Association.
Darrel Williams is a long term resident of Alaska and has worked across Alaska form the Aleutian Islands to Prudhoe Bay. Starting in 1987 Darrel served in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge he attended the University of Alaska where he perused his interest in the sciences. In 1999 Darrel started working on remediation projects with a primary emphasis on insitu contaminates at U.S. Navy facilities on the Aleutian chain as part of the base realignment and closure effort. After the Cleanup efforts were completed Darrel returned to South Central Alaska and engaged the rural tribal community where he presently works as a Program Director for the Ninilchik Tribe. Throughout his career he has attended several specialized training programs to incorporate need with holistic program administration. These include topics such as NEPA Training, Scientific Sampling, GIS, Intermediate Fire Behavior, and Alaska Land Law. Darrel also participates in a number of volunteer efforts in the rural community that has included 501(c)(3) such as the Ninilchik Emergency Services and is presently the Chairmen of the Southern Kenai Peninsula State Parks Advisory Board.