This program provides vocational training and job placement in ironworking to individuals.
The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
Over 120 individuals have participated in this program; over 80 completed their training and over 60 of these individuals were subsequently employed as ironworkers.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Eligible American Indians who reside on or near an Indian reservation may receive vocational training in ironworking and assistance with job placement upon completion of the program.
Applicants must be an American Indian who is a member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Development (GED) Certificate, be in good physical health, and reside on or near an Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
American Indian who is a member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Development (GED) Certificate, be in good physical health, and reside on or near an Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Complete information on beneficiary eligibility is found in 25 CFR, Part 26.
Applicant must submit a certificate signed by a Bureau Agency Superintendent or authorized Tribal representative that indicates the applicant is an enrolled member or registered with a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applicants should apply for program services on Bureau of Indian Affairs Form BIA-8205 at the nearest Bureau Employment Assistance office or tribal government office.
Individual applications are processed at the Bureau agency or tribal contract offices to determine eligibility.
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Adult Vocational Training Act of 1956, Public Law 84-959, 70 Stat. 986, as amended; Public Law 88-230, 77 Stat. 471, 25 U.S.C. 309.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
1 to 90 days.
Appeals may be made to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Agency Superintendent or to the Regional Director. The complete appeal process for an individual is found in 25 CFR, Part 2, "Appeals of Administrative Actions." Appeals of a Tribal contractor's decision must be made under the Tribe's appeal procedures.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance for Ironworker training is not to exceed 12 weeks. Payments for subsistence and related training costs are released as required by beneficiary. Job placement assistance is provided upon completion of training.
Post Assistance Requirements
(Grants) FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available (program not funded); and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Students receive $185 per week for the duration of the program for room and board and miscellaneous expenses. Work clothes and tools are also provided.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
25 CFR 26.
Regional or Local Office
Applications may be filed at the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. For direct contact: Mr. Russell Geishwnd, Director, National Ironworkers Training Program for American Indians, 1819 Beach Street, Broadview, Illinois 60153. Telephone (708)345-2344.
Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-SIB, Washington, DC 20245. Contact Lynn Forcia. Telephone (202)219-5270.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications are received for both vocational training and direct employment participants. Final determination to fund an application is based on the individual's eligibility.
John Brothers, Principal of Quidoo Consulting, writes about the Montreal-based company Bixi who are mostly known for its Bixi Bikes. Just recently, Bixi filed for bankruptcy protection. The reason? Bixi is in major financial distress and its bikes have proven to be too “expensive to build, operate and maintain”.