The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a “Native American Program” as stated in Section 166 of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and receives grant funds directly from the Department of Labor (DOL). The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is under the authority of the Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Adult Services and administered through the Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP). WIOA Brochure.


To be eligible, a participant must be a member of a federally recognized tribe, they must be unemployed, underemployed, and must meet the income guidelines determined by the Department of Labor.


The overall purpose of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is to increase the labor force participation rate among Native Americans by providing workforce training activities that increase employment, retention, and earnings increase.

Career & Training Services

WIOA provides the following services to meet the needs of Native Americans preparing to enter, reenter, and retain unsubsidized employment:

Career Services: Outreach, intake, orientation to services, eligibility, job search and placement, labor market information, Individual employment plan, case management, support services, work experience, and follow up services (follow up services are provided to ensure individuals maintain and overcome any barriers which prevent them from completing their education and training goals).

Training Services: On the Job Training, skills upgrade, education and tuition assistance, job readiness training, GED attainment, and customized training for employers with commitments to hire.

These services can be provided in any order; there is no sequence requirement. Career services under this approach provides flexibility to meet the needs of the client.

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Contact your local WIOA/477 program for information: 

Cheryl Penny, 477 Director

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Fort Yates, ND 58538

(701) 854-8520


Patrick Peltier, WIOA Director

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Belcourt, ND 58316

(701) 477-6011


Jolene Cross White, 477 Director

Spirit Lake Nation

Fort Totten, ND 58335

(701) 766-1200


Jerome Dancing Bull / 477 Director

Three Affiliated Tribes

New Town, ND 58763

(701) 627-4752


Contact Us:

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) 

United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive, Bldg. 1A
Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: (701) 255-3285

Fax: (701) 530-0635

Deb Painte, Director, Ext. 1732 - Direct Line (701) 221-1732

Yvonne Howling Wolf, Case Manager, Ext. 1729 – Direct Line (701) 221-1729