Rowena Yeahquo is the director for the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Progam (TTAP). Ms. Yeahquo, Kiowa and Comanche from Oklahoma, has a Masters in Regional and City Planning with 15 years of experience in tribal and community planning. She was formerly the Community Planner for the Transportation Branch, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Oklahoma Region Indian Reservation Road System. In this position, she met with tribal, state, federal and county representatives to discuss tribal goals and priorities in order to facilitate transportation plans and construction. She previously worked as a consultant and developed 22 Tribal Long Range Transportation Plans in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas for Southern Plains Regional BIA Office. She has been a grant peer-reviewer for several federal programs including: DHHS, ANA, DOJ, and USDA. Ms. Yeahquo has contracted with several tribes to provide technical assistance or training in Tribal Planning, Transportation Planning, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and Grant Writing. She has been an instructor for sessions with Native Learning Center (NLC). The area of focus was Tribal Planning and how it can assist with the Grant Writing. Ms. Yeahquo partnered with an architect and delivered another NLC presentation on Incorporation of Traditional Design in Community Development. While working with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes, she developed a Master Plan for a Tribal Justice Center, a Hazard Mitigation Plan, and was the Tribal Grant Writer. She recently worked for the Oklahoma Military Department as their Master Planner. Ms. Yeahquo also worked in the Oklahoma Department of Commerce with Community Development Block Grants, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and was the Community Development Director for the City of Piedmont, Oklahoma.
Michele Siedenburg has been the tribal transportation program specialist for the NW Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) since June 2002. Prior to working with the Northwest TTAP, Michele had work with the American Indian Studies Program (AISP) and the Computer Science Department at EWU. Michele came to EWU after gaining fourteen years of experience with the telecommunication field. Michele completed her Master's of Science Interdisciplinary Study with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. She also has a BA in Business Administration, a BA in Computer Science and a BS in Computer Information Systems. Michele is a descendant of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.
Dr. Dick Winchell, FAICP is professor of urban planning at Eastern Washington University and past Chair of the Department of Urban Planning, Public, and Health Administration. Dr. Winchell served as planning director for the Ft. McDowell Yavapai in Arizona from 1975-1980, and since then has worked with tribal governments and organizations to develop and promote tribal planning and management curriculum. He was Director of the Native American Public Administration Program at Arizona State University, and founded the Tribal Management degree program at Scottsdale Community College. Dr. Winchell has been an active participant in work with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians since moving to EWU in 1986 through the Economic Development Committee and the Transportation Committee. He has been administrator of the Northwest Tribal LTAP, and active in research on tribal planning, transportation, tourism, and economic development issues, completing many planning projects for tribes in the region. Dr. Winchell has Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning-Community Development degree from the University of Colorado-Denver.
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