Tribal Government & News

477 program nominated for BIA award

08.12.2021 Danielle Harrison Tribal employees

By Danielle Harrison

Smoke Signals staff writer

Grand Ronde’s 477 Employment and Training Program has been nominated by the Northwest Region Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Workforce Development Division for a specialist award.

The award recognizes different 477 programs established by Tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. It is the first time Grand Ronde’s program has been nominated, Program Manager Michael Herrin said.

“Grand Ronde’s 477 Employment and Training program serves our six-county service area and has been assisting American Indian and Alaska Natives for over two decades,” he said. “Our primary purpose is to support Tribal members in securing employment. This is done through job search activities, resume building and practicing interview skills. The 477 program has worked with many internal Tribal departments and community partners to develop and support on-the-job training opportunities. There are many successful participants that are engaged in our community and are now able to support their goal of self-sufficiency.”

The 477 employment-related assistance includes case planning to address barriers to employment and assistance with work clothing, tools, transportation and job-related licensing and fees.

The rehabilitation portion provides culturally relevant services to Tribal members with disabilities to maintain or regain employment. Services include career exploration, job coaching, job search, work clothing and tools, transportation, licensing and fees, and on-the-job training.