Harris Emphasizes Investing In Native Communities At NCAI

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By Diamond Naga Siu (October 12, 2021, 7:24 PM EDT) — Vice President Kamala Harris announced during the annual National Congress of American Indians conference on Tuesday that the administration is reopening its memorandum of agreement from 2017 for a program that was created to reduce unemployment in tribal communities.

Harris called the reopening of Public Law 102-477, the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 — also dubbed the 477 Program under the U.S. Department of the Interior — a sign of the administration’s respect for nation-to-nation relationships.

The law was amended under former President Donald Trump without tribal consultation, and tribes learned about it after 12 federal…