The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday announced an $882,032 National Emergency Grant awarded to the Lummi Nation, giving approximately 630 tribal fishermen affected by fishing industry layoffs in Bellingham access to dislocated worker services.
The grant provides services such as skills training, literacy education, career counseling and on-the-job training to people who have been lost work because of the declining numbers of Sockeye Salmon.
Tuesday’s award is supplemental to a grant awarded in 2010 for $3.4 million. The department said they are awarding the additional funds because the “need continues.” Tuesday’s award brings the total funds awarded to almost $4.3 million.
“The loss of work for Lummi Nation fishermen, an occupation practiced there for thousands of years, is a stark reminder of the importance of training and education to help equip displaced workers with new skills for opportunities in today’s economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu. “These additional funds will allow these workers, many of whom have significant barriers to employment, to continue receiving these vital services to help them find new work.”
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