The Cherokee Nation will welcome its first visit from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg, the nation’s second-highest ranking transportation official, today.
Since 2021, the USDOT has engaged with the Cherokee Nation in the negotiation of a compact and funding agreement under the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program in support of the Cherokee Nation’s right to self-determination and self-governance.
The approval gives the tribe the ability to plan and oversee its own road construction planning and transit projects without having to seek federal permission and oversight over projects.
Deputy Secretary Trottenberg will visit a Cherokee Nation road project and discuss EV initiatives undertaken by the tribe.
The Cherokee Nation built one of the first solar canopies in Oklahoma at its headquarters in Tahlequah. The structure is used to charge Cherokee Nation’s electric fleet vehicles and the rising number of electric cars driven by staff and visitors to its tribal complex.
The tribe has two electric transit buses and new charging stations built to accommodate the vehicles which were purchased through a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant awarded to the tribe in 2018, as part of Cherokee Nation’s ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. It also has an electric school bus.