By Tim Devaney - 06/20/14 12:32 PM EDT
Native Americans who do not live inside Indian reservations would still be eligible for special on-site job training programs sponsored by the federal government, under new rules form the Obama administration.
The Department of Education provides grants to Indian reservations so they can offer job training programs to Native Americans with disabilities. But it is considering a requirement that Native Americans who live nearby in homes that border these reservations also be allowed to participate, the agency said Friday.
The federal government already interprets the rule this way, but it is looking to clarify any confusion in the language of the existing rule, which could be seen as to only apply to Native Americans living directly on Indian reservations.
In 2013, Indian reservations provided government-sponsored job training services to 559 Native Americans with disabilities, the agency reported in the Federal Register.
This program is part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to provide job training to people with disabilities from all around the country.
The public has 60 days to comment on whether Native Americans who live outside Indian reservations should be eligible for such job training programs.