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Arizona Tribal Transportation


Contact Information for ADOT Tribal Liaisons and Coordinators

To assist with tribal consultation and coordination efforts, certain ADOT divisions, sections, groups and offices have designated personnel to work directly with tribal officials and staff on a regular basis. Contact information for ADOT tribal Liaisons and Coordinators are provided below.



ADOT Multimodal Planning Division (MPD)

ADOT MPD Tribal Planners, who also work as ADOT department-wide tribal liaisons, provide planning support and inter-governmental coordination for ADOT's statewide and regional planning projects and programs as they impact tribal governments and communities. Special emphasis is placed on conducting coordination efforts to improve tribal participation in the statewide transportation planning and programming processes.

The MPD Tribal Liaisons have organized tribal land areas within Arizona into regions of responsibility to provide improved coverage and service (see maps). Requests for assistance should be sent to the designated Liaison as indicated in the listings by Tribe. The Liaisons also provide backup coordination assistance to one another, as needed.

Ermalinda Gene
[email protected]
Tribal Planning Program Manager
206 S. 17th Avenue, MD310B
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.6736
Don Sneed
[email protected]
Tribal Planning Program Manager
206 S. 17th Avenue, MD310B
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.4095

ADOT Tribal Liaisons

Ermalinda Gene - Northern Region:
  1. Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  2. Havasupai Indian Tribe
  3. Hopi Tribe
  4. Hualapai Tribe
  5. Kaibab-Paiute Indian Tribe
  6. Navajo Nation
  7. Pueblo of Zuni
  8. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
  9. Yavapai-Apache Nation
  10. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
Don Sneed - Southern Region:
  1. Ak-Chin Indian Community
  2. Cocopah Tribe
  3. Colorado River Indian Tribes
  4. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  5. Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe
  6. Gila River Indian Community
  7. Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  8. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  9. San Carlos Apache Tribe
  10. Tohono O'odham Nation
  11. Tonto Apache Tribe
  12. White Mountain Apache Tribe

ADOT Infrastructure Delivery and Operations Division (IDO) Right of Way Group

The ADOT Right of Way Tribal Liaisons work with tribal transportation partnership steering committees plus associated task teams to address tribal transportation issues. As Right of Way project managers, these staff persons review project documents and plans and oversee acquisition of parcels needed by ADOT for highways throughout the State.

Elisabett Vargas
[email protected]
Right of Way Project Coordinator and Tribal Liaison
205 S. 17th Ave, MD 612E
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7053
Marisa Marin
[email protected]
Right of Way Project Coordinator and Tribal Liaison
205 S. 17th Ave, MD 612E
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.6341

ADOT Environmental Planning (EP)

The technical Section Manager works with the Historic Preservation team within the NEPA process. There is no one individual responsible for all tribal consultation; however, the Historic Preservation Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that all necessary Section 106-related tribal consultations take place and that the tribal consultation process is in full federal and state compliance.

Paul O’Brien
PO'[email protected]
1611 W. Jackson St, MD EM02 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7767

ADOT Communications

Staff from the ADOT Communications provides public relations and media relations throughout the state. This office also supports activities involving Native American Tribes.

Tim Tait
[email protected]
Director and Senior Division Administrator
1655 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7070

ADOT Partnering Office

The ADOT Partnering Office provides a forum for collaborative teamwork. ADOT currently has partnering teams with the Navajo Nation/Navajo DOT, Hopi Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe and White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Michael Carter
[email protected]
Partnering Administrator
206 S. 17th Avenue, Room 171
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8069

ADOT Government Relations and Policy Development Office

The ADOT Government Relations and Policy Development Office provides a proactive and effective process through which ADOT communicates with and serves the state legislature, elected officials and the people of Arizona. Governmental Relations assists with tribal related issues involving ADOT.

Kevin Biesty
[email protected]
206 S. 17th Ave,MD 140A,
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8224
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