This toolkit shares the main findings of NCAI’s multi-year research project examining the innovative approaches to workforce development that tribal nations along with Native organizations and tribal colleges and universities are forging, how they are achieving success (as they define it), and why. The project seeks to answer the following questions:
- How are tribal nations working to create reliable, sustainable career – not just job – opportunities for tribal citizens that directly advance the long-term goals of the nations to which those citizens belong?
- How are they investing in and preparing tribal citizens to succeed in particular careers that their nations need, and how are they creating pathways for those citizens to provide their nations meaningful returns on that investment?
To date, the project has produced a policy brief outlining 28 key ways that the federal government can support and empower tribal innovation in workforce development, as well as four in-depth case studies of leading tribal workforce development approaches. The following explores two of those considerations: removing obstacles and targeted solutions.
NCAI Partnership for Tribal Governance. Tribal Workforce Development: A Decision-Framing Toolkit. Washington, D.C.: National Congress of American Indians. 2018.