Welcome to the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP)

Our History

In January 2009, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, acting as fiscal agent for the 11 Tribes in Wisconsin, received a $50,000 planning grant through the  Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The primary aim of the planning grant was to design and build the infrastructure for a multi-site statewide Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP) that builds local capacity for prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders.

In May 2010, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community was awarded an implementation grant to place 13 AmeriCorps Members in Tribal prevention coalitions across Wisconsin. In 2013, Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc., (NiiJii), located in Lac du Flambeau, became the new fiscal agent of the Program.

Tribal prevention coalitions are eligible to participate with TAP after their Tribal government passes a Resolution of Support that documents their commitment to the Program. In addition, Tribal prevention coalitions are encouraged to become Members of the Northwoods Coalition to enhance collaboration between Tribal and non-Tribal coalitions. This empowers the strength of Tribal prevention strategies to have a statewide voice.

The Tribal State Collaboration for Positive Change (TSCPC) coalition serves as the Tribal Advisory Board for TAP. TSCPC is an existing, working coalition consisting of behavioral health professionals from all 11 Tribes and Wisconsin Department of Health Services staff, integrating prevention and treatment services for the co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness.

TAP Members have utilized their positions as positive role models and mentors in their own communities to help youth, families and Elders explore and discover prevention strategies using a variety of traditional wellness practices rooted strongly in their local culture.

Key Partners

Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. (NiiJii)
The Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc., is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 as a unique partnership among three Native American Tribes (Lac du Flambeau, Sokaogon and Menominee) and eight municipal partners in rural northern Wisconsin to affect community-based development.

NiiJii was recognized by the USDA as the best performing Tribal Enterprise Community nationally having successfully completed 82 development projects. As fiscal agent for TAP, NiiJii has made the commitment to address substance abuse and extend traditional health and welfare concerns to all the Tribes in the state. Under their leadership, in collaboration with working partners, they have implemented a program that meets CNCS goals, and provide fiscal management and oversight of TAP.

Tribal State Collaboration for Positive Change (TSCPC)
The Tribes of Wisconsin bring a rich array of resources to the table. TSCPC is a coalition comprised of behavioral health professionals from all 11 Tribes. Their wide range of knowledge and experience in prevention, intervention and treatment within Tribal communities is helping guide TAP and our Members in serving their communities.

Kim Swisher Communications, LLC. (KSC)
Kim Swisher and her team were contracted by NiiJii in February 2021 to manage the Tribal AmeriCorps Program. The KSC team has served Wisconsin Indian Country in various capacities since 2013.

Financial Support

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The Tribal AmeriCorps Program is funded as a national-direct Tribal grantee through the CNCS. In addition to AmeriCorps, CNCS administers VISTA, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than two million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year. For more information on CNCS, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

Host Site Cash Match
Participating Host Sites are responsible for payment of $4,500 per full time Member, and $2,250 per part time Member, to NiiJii no later than 45 days following acceptance of this Memorandum of Understanding.