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Red Lake Band of Chippewa receives YouthBuild Grant

The Department of Labor has awarded the Red Lake Band of Chippewa a YouthBuild Grant of $1,008,000 Tuesday, March 1.

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL, Seventh District, delivered the news personally to Red Lake Tribal Secretary Donald Cook and Ponemah Representative Glenda Martin, who were in Washington, D.C., on tribal business Tuesday.

According to grant details, the project will partner with Red Lake programs, New Beginnings, Housing Authority, 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, Courts, Northwest Technical College, YouthBuild USA and Red Lake AmeriCorps.

The project will assist participants to attain their high school diplomas or GEDs and gain construction and work readiness skills. The occupational training is provided through the Northwest Technical College Construction Program.

Under this program, each course is a "stackable credential" that conveys a certificate of completion to the successful learner as well as college credits that apply toward academic certificates, diplomas and degrees. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will be one of the certifications completed during this training.

Participants will build two new low-income housing units through the Red Lake Housing Authority, in addition to rehabilitating two substandard dwellings owned by low-income households.