CN Department of Transportation seeks self-governance
TAHLEQUAH – In the Dec. 14 Community Services Committee meeting, Community Services Executive Director Michael Lynn told tribal councils that the CN Department of Transportation now has the option for self-governance.
Lynn told committee members that as of now, transportation, construction and the tribal transit programs are not operating under a self-governance compact, but that the option became available on Oct. 1.
“The transportation and construction side with the Federal Highway Administration has been operating under a program agreement, which is a quasi-self-governance agreement, but it’s not truly self-governance. Now that we have this self-governance option available, it’s something that we are exploring,” Lynn said.
Under the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance program “provides federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations with greater control, flexibility and decision-making authority over federal funds used to carry out tribal transportation programs, functions, services and activities (PFSAs) in tribal communities,” according to transportation.gov
Lynn said he is working with CN administration and Government Relations program on the self-governance issue.
Also in the meeting, Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Interim Executive Director Jerri Killer provided information on the college housing applications for spring 2021. She said applications will be taken Jan. 4-15.
In her report to the committee, Commerce Department Executive Director Anna Knight said tax preparation is underway for the 2021 tax season and filing tax returns for individuals through the CN begins on Feb. 1.