Federal Policy Recommendations

In October 2016, NCAI released the brief “Empowering Tribal Workforce Development: Indian Country's Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government.” The brief presents a list of key policy recommendations for the federal government as it supports tribal nations, Native organizations, and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) as they design, refine, and strengthen their workforce development efforts. It is not an exhaustive list; rather, it features Indian Country’s primary recommendations for actions that the federal government can take to empower tribal workforce development. 

The PTG compiled these recommendations through interviews and surveys it has conducted with tribal leaders and workforce development practitioners; a series of tribal workforce development sessions it convened at its conferences; its ongoing consultation with NCAI’s Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Task Force and Economic Development, Finance, and Employment Subcommittee; and its participation in a December 2015 Workforce Development Roundtable convened by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.