Tribal Employment Services

"We understand that sometimes self-sufficiency is not so easy."

Our Tribal Employment Services Program operates from both Federal and State funding.  Our two funding sources are:

1)  Native Employment Works (NEW)
NEW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  The NEW program provides culturally appropriate services to all Minnesota Chippewa Tribal members who receive MFIP and are not served by the bands.   NEW provides the following services:

  • Employment and training to tribal MFIP recipients to increase financial independence and work towards self-sufficiency.
  • Assessments, counseling, employment plans, job search, short term training and soft skills.
  • Referrals, transportation, advocacy, job placement and job retention.

2)  Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
MFIP is funded by the MN Department of Economic Security and the MN Department of Human Services.   Our trained staff can assist you with:

  • Assessment and 6 week job search.
  • Career and job counseling.
  • Supportive work opportunities.
  • Employment networks and referrals.
  • Accessing educational funds.
  • Resume writing and interview preparation.
  • Accessing the Internet.

The Tribal Employment Services program serves MCT members in nineteen counties in northern and central Minnesota.  Those counties include:  Aitken, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Pine, Polk, and St. Louis. 

Eligibility for Tribal Employment Services
After your county Financial Worker deems you eligible for MFIP, Diversionary Work Program (DWP), or Family Stabilization Services (FSS), you may be referred to our Tribal Employment Services program.  The services provided by Minnesota Chippewa Tribe MFIP are similar to those provided by MN Rural CEP.   If you want to make sure you are referred to our Tribal program you will want to access the MN Department of Human Services website, MN DHS edocs.  You will use the 'edocs' form:  DHS-3048-ENG to verify your tribal enrollment when you apply with the county financial worker.  The county also has these tribal enrollment forms.

Tribal Employment Services Office locations

Human Services Division
PO Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633
218/335-8586
888/903-8543
Tribal Employment Program
301 West First Street, Suite 700
Duluth, MN 55802
218/722-0472
Virginia Workforce Center
820 N. 9th St, Suite 120
Virginia, MN 55792
218/748-2244

For more information contact:
Dawn Jackson
15542 State Hwy. 371 NW
PO Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633
218/335-8586
888/903-8543
e-mail: djackson@mnchippewatribe.org

For MCT's MFIP clients you can now access 'Job Search' logs on this website.  Or go to the MN DHS website and search 'edocs' for the form, DHS-5784-ENG.

Minnesotans in need of public assistance can now apply online through ApplyMN.  ApplyMN for the first time provides a single online application for health care, food and other assistance programs.                         www.applymn.dhs.mn.gov or  http://mn.gov/dhs/


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