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Grant goes to Red Lake YouthBuild

YouthBuild, a proposed Red Lake Band of Chippewa youth occupational training program, will receive $1 million in federal grant funds, says U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who announced the award.

The money is being granted by the U.S. Department of Labor to implement a YouthBuild project on the Red Lake Reservation, Franken, DFL-Minn., said in a statement.

The project will assist out-of-school youth in obtaining their diploma or GED while providing occupational training in the construction industry. The project also funds the construction of two new low-income housing units and the rehabilitation of two substandard dwellings owned by low-income households.

"I'm proud to announce that Red Lake has been selected for this important community investment," said Franken. "This project will provide safe, affordable housing for families on the Red Lake Reservation and give at-risk teens the skills they need to be productive adults."

Nationally, the Department of Labor will award more than $30 million for YouthBuild programs this year. Applications were accepted last fall and winners nationwide announced Tuesday.

To help implement the program at Red Lake, a host of partners were solicited for the project: New Beginnings, Red Lake Housing Authority, Red Lake Housing Finance, Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance Office, Chemical Health, Nor-Son, Red Lake Schools Adult Learning Center, Red Lake Nation College, Red Lake Public Safety, Red Lake Tribal Courts, Northwest Technical College, YouthBuild USA and Red Lake AmeriCorps.