U.S. Department of Labor Awards $68 Million in Grants To Indian and Native American Organizations and Tribes
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $68 million in funding to 340 organizations and tribes as part of the Indian and Native American Programs grant that provides training opportunities at the local level. Of the total award amount, approximately $54 million will go towards adult programs and $13 million will go towards youth programs.
On Dec. 20, 2019, the President signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-94). This act provides $55,000,000 for Native American programs under section 166 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Of this amount, $550,000 was set aside for technical assistance.
The act also provides funding for youth, with $13,693,590 awarded to 170 INA grantees to provide supplemental services to low-income Native American youth on or near Indian reservations and in Oklahoma, Alaska and Hawaii.
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 mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.