- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been awarded nearly $522,000 to help enrolled members on or near the reservation prepare for and obtain a job or become self-employed.

The five-year grant for the tribe on the reservation that straddles North Dakota and South Dakota was authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the grant will allow the tribe to provide vocational rehabilitation services that help empower individuals with disabilities to live “fulfilling, independent lives.”

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the federal funds will support the “most disadvantaged” and help reverse the “unacceptable” unemployment rates on reservations.

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