Tribal Summit on Cultural Preservation and Transportation

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The Iowa Department of Transportation will host the Iowa Tribal Summit on Cultural Preservation and Transportation May 31-June 2, 2017, in Tama, Iowa. The goal of this event is to bring together representatives of Native American tribes and nations with transportation officials and preservationists to discuss and develop effective project consultation.

The previous Iowa Tribal Summit on Cultural Preservation and Transportation was held in 2014. For more information about this event and its outcomes, see the 2014 proceedings.

Tenative Agenda

Please see your invitation flyer or the link below to share your ideas on additional topics to include in the agenda. Send them to Brennan Dolan at or 515-239-1795.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

12:00 pm

Registration/Summit opening

  • Welcome/Prayer
  • Introductions and remembrances (group)
  • Overviews (consultation summaries)
  • Survey for discussion topics
  • Nation-to-nation consultation
  • Possible reception at the Meskwaki Museum and Cultural Center

4:00 pm


Thursday, June 1, 2017

8:30 am


  • Discussion topics (morning)
  • Tribal caucus/Agency caucus (afternoon)
  • Possible reception at the Red Earth Gardens

4:00 pm


Friday, June 2, 2017

8:00 am


  • Review caucus discussion topics
  • Forum on better consultation

12:00 pm


Hotel and Lodging

The FHWA and Iowa DOT are offering to provide reimbursement of the lodging for two designated representatives from each tribe/nation. See the invitation flyer mailed to you.

Dietary Restrictions

Please let Brennan Dolan know if you need any special dietary accommodations for meals. He can be reached at or 515-239-1795.

For More Information

For an invitation or questions about meeting subject matter, contact Brennan Dolan at or 515-239-1795.

For questions about reimbursement, dietary restrictions, or the website, contact Judy Thomas at or 515-294-1866.



and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation).

Planning Partners

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; Spirit Lake Tribe; Office of the State Archaeologist, The University of Iowa; State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

State Archaeologist of Iowa
SHPO of Iowa