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Published March 06, 2013, 02:35 PM

New Bill Could Provide Workforce Development Funding on Reservations

North Dakota Tribal College representatives are hoping a new bill in the legislature will pass to help curb poverty and unemployment on reservations. The bill would establish $5 million for workforce development across the State.

North Dakota Tribal College representatives are hoping a new bill in the legislature will pass to help curb poverty and unemployment on reservations. The bill would establish $5 million for workforce development across the State.

Bill 2218 recently passed through the Senate. It would provide funding for job training and educational programs. Several tribal colleges already have workforce development projects in place but need funding to implement them. Many college officials say they are worried about the unemployment rate which is at an average of 55 percent on North Dakota's reservations according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

There are several other projects this money would help including things like research, organic gardening, technology training and programming. The bill will move to the House next week. The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges will hold press conferences around North Dakota throughout the week to raise awareness about the bill.

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