Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds for Native Americans are sent directly to Native American communities and organizations.
- The Minneapolis American Indian Center handles employment and training programs for American Indians, Alaskan Native and Hawaiian Natives in 71 counties throughout the state of Minnesota (excluding Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Pine, and St. Louis counties). Services include career counseling, case management, work experience, on-the-job training, limited assistance for both short-term training (one year or less) and long-term training (two years or less), assistance with GED test fees (and a GED Employment & Training Award of $150 to those who complete their GED and enroll in career training and/or secure permanent employment), as well as supportive services to those who secure permanent employment.
Interested participants does not need to be enrolled in a tribe, however they do need to provide proof of ancestry (which can be done through an enrolled parent or grandparent).
Interested participants should call 1-800-486-8797. A MAIC/WIA worker will ask questions to determine initial eligibility and can then mail or fax an application form to you.
Once the completed application and required papers are processed, an appointment will be scheduled at a local CareerForce center, GED facility, library or college scheduled for the intake assessment.