US Department of Labor awards $70.8 million to expand employment and training services for Native Americans – FOX23 News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced $70.8 million in grants to 166 Indian and Native American entities to help provide employment and training services to low-income Native American adults and youth and the unemployment—including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian adults and youth—and create pathways to middle-class careers.

The grants reflect the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to supporting workforce pathways to well-paying jobs for all Americans, including those in generally underserved communities and some of the most geographically challenging regions. in the USA.

The grants will fund the delivery of services – including academic, vocational and literacy skills development – ​​to individuals in Native American communities to equip them to compete in today’s job market. These services will also promote the economic development and well-being of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities based on their specific goals and values.

$56,351,790 of the awarded funds will be used for low-income and unemployed American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The remaining $13,932,627 will go to low-income Native American, Alaska Native or Hawaiian youth, ages 14 to 24, living on or near Indian reservations, as well as in Hawaii.

Grants are awarded to the following organizations, which include federally recognized tribes, Native American nonprofit organizations, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native organizations:

Oklahoma Beneficiaries Adult funding Youth funding
Absent Shawnee Tribe $23,394 $13,225
Oklahoma Cherokee Nation $1,354,828 $681,760
Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma $162,235 $105,260
Chickasaw Nation $370,860 $204,852
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma $595,680 $294,188
Citizen Potawatomi Nation $435,968 $293,918
Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma $158,437 $72,872
Streams Nation of Oklahoma $745,057 $358,963
Northeast Oklahoma Intertribal Council $76,802 $27,260
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma $231,776 $159,509
Osage Nation $100,536 $52,630
Otoe-Missouri Tribe $33,936 $17,004
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma $32,328 $14,844
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma $84,739 $56,409
Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma $64,680 $28,340
United Urban Indian Council Inc. $377,385 $201,073
Wyandotte Nation $112,895 $0