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The CHAIRMAN. And they all have to go through the council. In the Navajo system, are they required to go through the council also, if they want their names to be considered?

Mr. BONNER. Frankly, sir, I do not know the precise policies or practices of NACIE in soliciting information from constituents, but I would assume that the Navajo Nation as well as other organizations have let their feelings be known.

The CHAIRMAN. Secretary Bonner and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your assistance this morning. We will be submitting questions to you based on your data.

Mr. BONNER. Thank you, sir.

[Information appears in Mr. Bonner's prepared statement in appendix.]

The CHAIRMAN. With that, I thank all of you for participating in our hearing this morning. As I indicated, this will be the first of many hearings on Indian education.

The committee now stands adjourned.

[Whereupon, at 11:50 a.m., the committee was adjourned, to reconvene at the call of the Chair.]

APPENDIX

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD

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STATEMENT OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON THE OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS

OCTOBER 27, 1989

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BRING LEADERSHIP TO THE DIFFICULT ISSUES OF OUR TIME.

THERE ARE

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TOO MANY READ TWO OR THREE GRADE LEVELS BELOW OTHER AMERICANS.

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CANNOT.

I RESPECT THE EFFORTS THAT ARE BEING MADE BY EDUCATORS

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THE STATE BOARD, INQUIRING ABOUT PROGRESS THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED

FROM NEW INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN THERE.

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IN THE INDIAN EDUCATION ACT, WE ESTABLISHED FEDERAL GRANT

PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE PLANNING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL TO BRING ABOUT

HIGHER LEVELS OF ACHIEVEMENT AMONG INDIAN LEARNERS.

WE CHARGED

THE OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF THESE

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TODAY, I HOPE WE WILL OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE

PROGRAMS, AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL LEARN HOW THE DEPARTMENT IS

PLANNING TO MAKE THE OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION INTO AN EFFICIENT

AND EFFECTIVE AGENCY.

JUST THIS WEEK, MR. CHAIRMAN, I HEARD FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

OF A PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN MESA, ARIZONA.

THOUGH SCHOOL

BEGAN THERE ON AUGUST 28, THE GRANT AWARD NOTICE FROM THE OFFICE

OF INDIAN EDUCATION WASN'T RECEIVED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21.

FUNDS

WERE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 3, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS

UNABLE TO EMPLOY THE PERSONNEL TO CARRY OUT AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS

AND I HAVE SO INFORMED MY CONSTITUENT

THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE SPEAKING TO THE PROBLEM OF LATE

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DISTRICTS ARE NOT HANDICAPPED THROUGH LACK OF TIMELY FUNDING.

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HEARING WILL RESULT IN REAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF THE IMPORTANCE WE HERE IN THE SENATE

ATTACH TO THESE PROGRAMS.

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STATEMENT OF SENATOR FRANK H. MURKOWSKI
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON THE OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS
OCTOBER 27,

1989

Mr. Chairman, I thank you and commend you for convening

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are likely to think of the Bureau of Indian Affairs when they

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In Alaska, the Bureau of Indian Affairs neither operates nor

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