This pillar is responsible for maintaining and updating the Indian Reservation Roads inventory (IRR), which is submitted to the BIA to receive funding for Tribal and BIA roads. The IRR is comprised of Tribal, BIA, County, and State-owned roads that are within the boundary of the reservation or roads that provide access to and from the Reservation. The roads program is responsible for grading gravel roads, repairing/replacing culverts, maintain paved roads, and improving surface conditions on the Tribal and BIA-owned roadways.
Public Works manages a variety of projects. While most relate to construction projects, others may involve cyber security and so forth. While the waterfall method is the traditional approach, the department advocates for a SCRUM methodology and an agile mindset when tackling projects.
This is a new service that will be provided to the community starting July 2023. The department will offer quarterly workshops that provide tribal members the opportunity to learn and enhance trade skills. For example, workshops on hand tools, basic carpentry, framing, forming and concrete, etc. The Warehouse will have a dedicated location for training not only staff, but the community through workshops.
This column maintains the Tribe’s buildings and property assets and protects the Tribe’s investment in a cost-effective manner. Within facilities, the department is charged with plumbing, electrical, HAVAC, and general carpentry maintenance, repair, and new construction.
One of the most rewarding aspects of services are Tribal Member work order requests. The variety of request promote problem solving skills and creativity within the department because we are challenged to execute work order request from variety of needs.
Within this sector, the department is responsible for maintaining Paui Park, Tribal Hot Springs, and the Softball Field. Landscaping and irrigation play a large role in ensuring the beautification of these landmarks stay embellished.
The department has a unique equipment rental program that allows Tribal Members access to rent the Backhoe, Skid steer, and the Skip loader over the weekend when the department is not occupying them. This equipment rental program provides members the flexibility to execute personal projects independently. Furthermore, the department holds an annual certification workshop to ensure Tribal Members are equipped with operating and maintenance skills before renting such equipment.