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Native American Programs

Contact: Guy Suetopka
U.S. Department of Labor, Region VI
90 7th Street, Suite 17-300
San Francisco, CA 94103-1516
Telephone: 415.625.7988
E-mail: Suetopka.Guy@dol.gov

Federal Website:  http://www.doleta.gov/dinap/

Participation: 829 participants (643 adult / 186 youth) were served by Native American Programs in Washington between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. This total is limited to eligible persons served by non-477 programs.

Who is Served: Those eligible for Section 166 Indian Native American (INA) Program services are Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are unemployed, or underemployed, or low-income individuals, or a recipient of a lay-off notice per CFR 668.300.

Program Description: The WIA Section 166 Native American Program supports employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, helping more fully develop their academic, occupational and literacy skills to help them compete more effectively in the job market. A second purpose is to help participants achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency. The program also promotes the economic and social development of Indian communities. Services are provided in a culturally appropriate manner, consistent with the principles of Indian self-determination.

Other Program Characteristics: INA grant recipients may provide any services consistent with the purposes of CFR 668.340 that are necessary to meet the needs of Native Americans preparing to enter, reenter, or retain unsubsidized employment. Services include skill assessments, career counseling, work experience, occupational skill training, skill upgrading and retraining, Adult Basic Education instruction, GED preparation, mentoring, and job placement assistance.

Planning Cycle: Every two years.

Outcome Measures: Performance measures and levels of performance are described in the Indian Native American Program plan as approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Funding and Regional Division: In PY 2011, DOL awarded a total of $1,921,886 ($1,700,308 adult / $221,578 youth) program funds directly to the following Indian Native American grantees in Washington:

  • American Indian Community Center, Spokane
  • Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation, Toppenish
  • Lummi Indian Business Council, Bellingham
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma
  • United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle
  • Western Washington Indian Employment & Training Program, Tacoma

The following Washington Tribes received federal DOL Section 166 grant funds totaling $387,614 ($290,493 adult / $97,121 youth) through the Bureau of Indian Affairs under P.L. 102-477:

  • Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem
  • Makah Tribal Council, Neah Bay
  • Spokane Reservation, Wellpinit
  • The Tulalip Tribes, Marysville

State Funding: None.

Federal Funding: $2,309,500 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012). Of this total, $318,699 was directed to youth services and $1,990,801 was allocated for adult employment and training services.

Statutory Authority: Federal - Title I-D Section 166 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Oversight for the state of Washington Indian and Native American programs under Section 166 of the Workforce Investment Act is administered through the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor. No funds are allocated to state government or passed through state government.

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