Don Wetzel Jr. joins the Montana Department of Labor & Industry as its tribal liaison, highlighting the department’s commitment to engaging tribal nations and ensuring their voices are heard and served effectively.
Tribal Liaison Joins Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Don Wetzel Jr. has been appointed as the tribal liaison for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI), serving as a senior leader and reporting directly to Commissioner Sarah Swanson. With over two decades of experience in directing efforts between national, state, and tribal entities, Wetzel will be responsible for leading the department’s outreach with tribal communities. This appointment reflects the department’s recognition of Wetzel’s talents and relationships within Montana’s tribal communities, as well as its commitment to further engaging tribal nations.
Wetzel’s appointment marks Commissioner Swanson’s first outside hire for her office team since her appointment by Governor Greg Gianforte nearly 70 days ago. Wetzel’s priorities in his new role will include expanding opportunities for tribal youth aged 14-24, with a focus on expanding offerings for this demographic through programs like Jobs for Montana’s Graduates.
As a member of the Blackfeet Nation, Wetzel brings a deep understanding of tribal issues and a dedication to suicide prevention among tribal youth. His background also includes work on tribal internet connectivity issues through his involvement with the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council. Wetzel expressed his honor and excitement in taking on the role, emphasizing the opportunity to improve relationships between the Department and tribal nations, learn from each other, and create a powerful future together for the state.
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