Today, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that the White Earth Band of Chippewa and the city of Minneapolis will receive $3,086,817 and $4,000,000, respectively, in Pathways Out of Poverty Grants authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These grants will benefit Minnesotans from Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Becker Counties.
The Pathways Out of Poverty Grants are designed to aid individuals who are living below or near the poverty line by providing them with the necessary training and support services so that they can become economically self-sufficient. The grants are specifically geared toward helping individuals find employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
“This funding will go a long way toward helping the communities in Minnesota who need it the most,” said Sen. Franken. “The benefit of these grants is two-fold. We’re giving job training to those who need it now and preparing Minnesota’s workforce for the 21st century jobs we’ll need to stay competitive.”
The White Earth Pathways Out of Poverty Program will provide green industry and energy training, support services, case management, student assessments, cultural competency education, tutoring and testing services to Native Americans residing within and outside the White Earth Reservation borders. On the job training will be integrated with apprenticeship opportunities in order to develop individualized green work/career plans for each program participant and effectively address the unique set of circumstances that face Native Americans.