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Hall Named Manager of NDSU Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Tribal Transportation Program

Posted: Aug 2, 2022

Ron Hall, president of the Colorado-based Bubar & Hall Consulting, LLC, has been named Manager of the Tribal Transportation Program for North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

Hall has an extensive background and expertise in tribal relations related to transportation infrastructure, cultural resource management, and workforce development and is recognized as a national expert in Native American transportation law and policy. "Ron's expertise and contacts among tribes in the region as well as in state and federal government will make him a valuable addition to our staff as we continue to expand our outreach and service to tribal partners across the region," noted UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver.

UGPTI, which has a long history of working with tribes, created a tribal liaison position in 2016. Joy Annette, who most recently held the position before retiring, will continue working part time with UGPTI, providing leadership training and outreach to tribal road departments in North Dakota. Creation of the Tribal Transportation Program represents UGPTI's commitment to support the research, policy development, education and training needs of tribal transportation programs, tribal leaders, and Native American communities.

Hall will be based in Colorado and will work with UGPTI along with tribal governments and state agencies across the region with the goal of engaging tribal nations in prioritizing and promoting activities related to transportation planning, safety, asset management, consultation, and policy development.

As director and principal investigator of the Tribal Technical Assistance Program at CSU from 1994 to 2014, Hall managed a program that addressed the training, technical assistance, and technology transfer needs of tribal transportation programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Prior to that he practiced federal Indian law, providing consulting services and practicing in the areas of transportation planning, environmental law, water, natural resources, taxation, economic development, and other areas.

Hall led the creation of the National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on Native American Transportation Issues and served as chair of that committee from 2002-2007 and again from 2016 to 2021. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Colorado State University Ethnic Studies Department where he teaches a federal Indian law course.

Hall earned a BA in criminal justice and sociology from Augustana College and his law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Since 1993 his work with Bubar & Hall Consulting also includes managing local, regional, and statewide tribal consultation and strategic planning processes in fulfillment of federal transportation and cultural resource laws and policies.

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