fbpx
 

WASHINGTON — American Indian tribes and Native American programs received $68 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to use for local training programs. 

The employment and training services are targeted toward low-income Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. 

The 340 tribes and Native organizations participating in the funding round shared an award of about $54 million for adult programs as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, according to a statement. The award also reserved $550,000 for technical assistance.

The largest of the 170 awards for adult programming went to: Navajo Nation ($4,066,245), California Indian Manpower Consortium Inc. ($4,028,442), Rhode Island Indian Council Inc. ($2,101,890), Phoenix Indian Center Inc. ($1,725,076), California-based United American Indian Involvement ($1,650,869), New Mexico-based National Indian Youth Council ($1,546,257), North Carolina-based Lumbee Regional Development Association Inc. ($1,385,871), Hawaii-based Alu Like Inc. ($1,322,847), Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma ($1,310,545), Pennsylvania-based Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Inc. ($1,129,405) and Texas-based Alabama Coushatta Indian Tribal Council ($1,064,172). 

An additional $13 million went to youth programming. 

Among the 170 youth-focused awards, the largest amount of funding went to Navajo Nation ($3,042,608), Alu Like Inc. ($1,854,213), Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma ($670,063), Oglala Sioux Tribe ($412,490) and Creek Nation of Oklahoma ($352,804). 

Funding for the programs was included in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which was signed into law in December.  

“Indian and Native American Programs grantees and the Department of Labor share a vision of providing quality employment and training services to tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations and Native Hawaiian organizations serving unemployed and low income Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians,” the Department of Labor said in a statement. 

The full list of adult and youth-focused funding is available on the DOL’s website.

More Stories Like This

American Basketball Association Announces Native ABA Initiative
Four Winds South Bend Upgrades to Class III Gaming Casino
Native News Online Wins Two Awards from Native American Journalists Association
Wahlberg Brothers Are a Big Hit at Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas
Native Gro Offers Tribes a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Entering the Cannabis Industry

Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news? 

For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected]