UAF Professor Receives Award for Expanding Technical Transportation Training to Alaska’s Tribes
UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus
Byron Bluehorse Honored with 2014 Dan Moreno Award
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska—November 6, 2014) Byron Bluehorse, assistant professor of Tribal Management at UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus, received the 2014 Dan Moreno Award.
Each year, the Alaska Mobility Coalition presents the Dan Moreno Award at the Alaska Transit Conference. This special recognition award is given to individuals and tribal organizations for significant contributions supporting and developing tribal transportation across the state.
“Byron was honored for his work at UAF and for successfully hosting the 17th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference,” says David M. Levy, executive director for the Alaska Mobility Coalition. “During the conference, he arranged for national policy makers and funders to tour Bethel and Tuntutuliak’s lack of transportation infrastructure so they can better understand Alaska’s funding needs. This gave them an eye-opening experience of the unique transportation challenges faced by Alaskans living independently and successfully in off-the-road communities.”
The National Tribal Transportation Conference is an annual meeting for delegates from the seven Tribal Technical Assistance Program centers and stakeholders from tribal, federal, state, and local communities for training to meet with federal officials, training and learn about the new transportation related technology.
Alaska Business Monthly recognized Bluehorse as a “Visit Anchorage Meeting Champion” for bringing 500 delegates to Anchorage from across the state and the Lower 48 and the conference’s $715,000 economic impact.
Bluehorse administers the Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program Center (AKTTAP) located within UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus' Tribal Management Program. The program is made possible by a $1.55 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Bluehorse provides onsite and distance education throughout Alaska helping tribes develop transportation resources, infrastructure, and development opportunities.
“I am thankful Alaska has Byron because listens to all the tribes and tries to meet everyone’s tribal transportation needs,” says Natasia “Jackie” Levi, president and tribal administrator for the Village of Lower Kalskag.
An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Bluehorse earned a master’s 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. After moving to Alaska in 2005, Byron began working as a Contracts and Grants Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 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.