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Workforce Development

Learn about the different workforce development program that Plenty Doors is in partnership with.


Apsaalooke Day Labor Program

The Apsaalooke Day Labor program is a three-month seasonal program that collaborates with local businesses, federal programs, and contract businesses to provide day labor employment opportunities. It also gives local community members a chance to be employed in a perspective position, skill, or trade for the day in which they would possibly gain training and/or full-time employment. With the limited employment opportunities in the Crow Tribal Communities, the program gives job seekers a chance to be employed and generate some income. 


Day Labor employers included Little Bighorn College, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the town of Lodge Grass, Plenty Doors, Tribal Courts, and small businesses. The program is funded through the Gianforte Family Foundation, Foundation for Community Vitality, and Western Native Voice, and supported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Montana Department of Commerce.


  • Expand Collaborative Partnerships: 

  • Empower Community Members 

  • Ensure Sustainable Funding and Support

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Apsaalooke Energy Justice Program

The Apsáalooke Energy Justice Project aims to improve the well-being of Apsáalooke tribal members through culture and energy justice with an emphasis on economic diversification and workforce development. We hope to build local and national understanding of impact of the energy transition and its relationship to energy and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of leaders through our Emerging Leaders Cohort under the guidance of our Advisory Committee made up of Apsáalooke knowledge-holders. The Emerging Leaders Cohort is composed of Apsáalooke youth leaders and was formed by the Advisory Board to learn about associated issues with coal development and drawdown, tribal energy development, and lead community development projects.

The Apsáalooke Energy Justice Project is committed to our big ideas of leading community planning efforts that include:

  1. Sustainable, long term, abundant flexible funding, and investments 

  2. Useful knowledge and skills to shape and manage healthy ways to live , provide, give back and restore identity to our families, nation, and future generations 

  3. Responsible use and protection of natural assets 

  4. Equitable community energy development 

  5. Clean energy governance

Project Leadership:

Success Stories

"It has been a wonderful & awesome experience; I am so thankful and appreciative for this opportunity to earn a paycheck."

(Day Laborer)


·       I enjoyed working & meeting new people, helping elders, & the community projects. I enjoyed the experience working as a day laborer. Working for the program gave me pride. I hope next summer, the program continues with the community. It helped my family.

(Day Laborer)


·        Little Big Horn College: Great partnership and opportunity to support one another for workforce development.



·        Crow Tribal Courthouse:  We had utilized the day labor program on three occasions. They arrived early and stayed until the job was done. They stayed on task and helped each other.

  • Charlene Johnson 

  • Elizabeth Lee 

  • John Doyle 

  • Julia Haggerty 

  • Kerri Clement 

  • Mark Haggerty 

  • Raphaelle Real Bird 

  • Roger Coupal

Emerging Leaders Cohort

  • Jae Hugs 

  • Jordynn Paz 

  • JoRee LaFrance 

  • Lauri Kindness 

  • Sloan Real Bird 

  • Zac Birdinground

Advisory Committee

  • Angela Russell 

  • Cleora Hill - Scott 

  • Jim Real Bird 

  • Sharon Peregoy - Stewart 

  • Shawn Real Bird 

  • Sidney Fitzpatrick 

  • Dr. Tim McCleary

The Apsáalooke Energy Justice Project is a collaboration

  • Members of the Apsáalooke Nation ·

  • Plenty Doors Development Corporation ·

  • Little Big Horn College 

  • Montana State University - Bozeman ·

  • University of Wyoming Extension ·

  • Center for American Progress

We are funded by the:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

  • First Nations Development Institute 

  • United States Department of Agriculture 

  • Just Transition Fun

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