Economic Support

Tribal Employment Skills Program

Tribal Employment Skills is a work experience program that was developed and approved pursuant to the FCP General Council Resolution #GC003-97 and by FCP Executive Council on Feb. 11, 2009. The mission of the Tribal Employment Skills Program is to enable FCP tribal members to engage in work-related activities in order to develop the skills necessary to achieve employment. This will be achieved through:

  • Career Exploration – Assess each individual’s strengths, and provide tools to overcome barriers in becoming employed.
  • Work Experience – Provide opportunity to learn valuable work skills and work etiquette in different areas of the tribal workforce, create a work history, and help identify jobs that match skills interests.
  • Employment Counseling – Provides guidance in career decision-making skills, develop realistic expectations of work environment, and enhance abilities to relate to others. Will include mentorship, encouragement, and support.
  • Job Seeking Skills – Job application assistance, tips on how to avoid common application and résumé errors, dissemination of labor market data — hot jobs — which job is high on demand for this area and tips on how to keep employment.

Community Service Program

The purpose of the program is to provide FCP tribal and community members with a centralized community service program to help individuals complete either court-ordered or voluntary community service hours. The mission is to provide resources, case management, community service sites and projects for adults and youth. The mission for the youth is to help develop a personal stake in their own community and raise awareness of community issues. It will teach individuals responsibility, respect, trust and pride in their community. For more information on the Community Service Program, please contact Kathy Tupper at 715-478-4896 or email her at katheryn.tupper@fcpotwatomi-nsn.gov

Native Employment Works

NEW provides supportive employment assistance and guidance in obtaining full-time employment for individuals living on the reservation and Forest County Potawatomi tribal members residing within a 60-mile radius of the reservation. NEW is guided by regulations from the Administration for Child and Families.

FoodShare

FoodShare Wisconsin is a state/federal program that helps individuals and families who live on the Forest County Potawatomi reservation or in Forest County and have ties to the FCP Community to purchase food using and Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT). Eligibility is determined by reviewing earned and unearned income with applicable deductions.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (updated)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (link is external), (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html(link is external), and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.

BadgerCare Plus

BadgerCare Plus (BC+) is a state/federal program that provides health care for children, pregnant women and adults (with or without dependent children) and coverage for individuals living on the FCP reservation. The income limit is 100% of Federal Poverty Level and could be higher for children and pregnant women.

FoodShare and BadgerCare

Apply online, check your benefits, or determine eligibility for FoodShare or BadgerCare at access.wisconsin.gov.

FoodShare or BadgeCare applications can be picked up from the Economic Support Case Workers.

Food Pantry

The food pantry is now located at Midwest Indian Mission at 601 N. Summit Dr. in Crandon, WI 54520. Contact number is 715-478-2730.

The pantry is open to anyone for their food needs. There is no income limit. Donations are appreciated.

General Assistance

General assistance provides basic financial relief for single adults enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and are living on the FC Potawatomi reservation. The individual must meet income guidelines and participate in a plan developed to assist in obtaining full-time employment. This program is in accordance with BIA regulations.

Family-Services-Header-logoDepartment of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Forest County Potawatomi Family Service Building

DVR can determine if individuals have a disability that prevents them from finding or keeping a job. They also provide services that deal with the disability limitations as it relates to employment and training services.

Natalia Graf, Vocation Rehabilitation Counselor from WI DVR Office in Rhinelander will be present in the Family Service Building on Wednesdays as indicated below.

January 27, 2016
February 24, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 27, 2016
May 25, 2016
June 22, 2016

Please call FCP Family Services Division at 715-478-4433 for additional information and an application if you’re interested in participating.

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Other Services Offered:

In partnership with the FCP Family Resource Center and other tribal entities, classes are held every Wednesday at FCP Family Resource Center and offer education on various life skills such as home improvement, time management, etc.

A direct connection between the DMV and individual for obtaining driver’s license information and/or status of driver’s record.

Winway Résumé Deluxe software, tools and résumé paper are available by utilizing the computers in the Family Resource Room to develop or update a résumé.

A computer program that is interactive, fun typing practice to increase your hand/eye coordination and typing speed.

Hands-on training to learn and enhance computer skills of Microsoft programs, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.

  • Career exploration guide and opportunities on computer program
  • Complete a variety of assessments based on interests, work values, career skills and workplace skills
  • Help coordinate your skills and interests into an exciting career
  • Explore a variety of technical schools and colleges
  • Practice writing great cover letters
  • Set up a portfolio through a guided program
  • Save résumés, assessments and cover letters in your own personal locker
  • To prepare individuals for obtaining their dream job and/or career changes
  • Also provides tips to improve and enhance your valuable employability skills
  • Improves communication skills and builds self-esteem
    Basic Education Classes (GED/HSED)
  • Classes are held in the Museum lower level classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • An instructor is available to assist adult students in earning a General Education Development Certificate (GED) or a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) and to improve academic skills. If you have any questions, please call the instructor at (715)-478-4904 or Economic Support at (715)-478-7206

This program offers legal assistance through approved attorneys to low-income families. Upon verification of income eligibility, a Judicare card is issued and a list of attorneys that accept Judicare is provided to the eligible applicant.