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expressed to keep Indian vocational education grant programs at Department of
Education rather than moving any component part to Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Although a number of the concerns in the higher education and scholarships
18sues session were directed at BIA,
concern that universities
which receive Indian fellowship funds are sometimes delinquent in passing on
the cash to recipients after tuition has been paid and that OIE should look at
great wisdom of conducting an assessment of the professional needs of Indian
tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations for determining eligible
fields of study and matching graduates back to available jobs.
Mr. Chairman, there is one last related issue which I want
Part E of title V of Public Law 100-297 authorized the President to call the
White House Conference on Indian Education.
Since this conference has the
broad purpose to develop recommendations for the improvement of educational
programs to make the programs more relevant to the needs of Indians, I want to
reiterate a portion of our previous testimony before this Committee.
technical amendments, and while we
do not currently have
recommendation of a vehicle for these amendments, such a vehicle should be
The needed technical amendments include correction of section 5508 to
Currently, the section authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 1988,
1989, and 1990, and it is clear that these years were not pushed back when the
bill (H.R. 5) introduced very early in the first session was passed in the
community that the task force to be established under section 5504 to plan and
conduct the conference is to consist of "such employees of the Department of
the Interior and the Department of Education as the Secretary of the Interior
and the Secretary of Education determine to be necessary to enable the Task Force to carry out its duties." The reported fear is that the task force will
there are no provisions in Part E for NACIE involvement in the conference,
soliciting and receiving comments from Indian and Alaska Native organizations
and individuals regarding 18sues that should be addressed by the conference.
It has been suggested that the NACIE Executive Director should be specified in
the legislation as
& member of the task force and that the NACIE Chairman
should be an ex officio member of the advisory Committee for the conference
Education to appoint an equal number of employees from within the departments
specifically hired from outside to bring a fresh approach.
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appreciate the Committee's consideration of these recommendations and would
hope that the Committee, in its wisdom, would direct staff to find
appropriate vehicle on which to attach these amendments.
Mr. Chairman, as you can see from the length of this document and the
breadth of the 188ues discussed at the Council's 18sues sessions, the Council
Although we may be critical of government programs and we
lament about Indian and Alaska Native youngsters dropping out of school, we do
However, those do not lessen the urgency with
which we approach the Department of Education and other government agencies
because we do not have to worry about the Indian children and adults who are
I often say that the Department of Education, like many
other agencies, does not
councils; but, Mr. Chairman, this
Council wants to be on the scene observing, advising, and sometimes tugging on
coat sleeves because it is our boys and girls who desperately need educational
status still at the bottom in America, we are the people with something to
lose if we do nothing but we have so much to gain if we work together.
the National Advisory Council on Indian Education does not have the
answers but we are working with the people to find them.
The Council wants to
work closely with the Congress and the Administration to make Indian and
relationship between Indian tribes/Alaska Native villages and the federal
government and our smaller population, we challenge you to help us to be the
model for the rest of the country, for with our diversity, if educational
programs will work for us, they will work for the rest of America.
The Council and I greatly appreciate this opportunity to appear before the
Committee today to address Indian and Alaska Native education concerns.
will be happy to answer any questions you and the Committee Members may have
to supply any additional
uested information for the record.
Directors/Acting Directors for fast 10 Years
Office of India Education
Office of Indian Education, Department of Education
Dr. Gerald Gipp
Dep. Commissioner of Indian Ed. (HEW) 1977 1980
1982 1983 Acting Director
1983 1984 Director
Jan. 1985 Jan. 1986 Acting Director
Jan. 1986 Nov. 1987 Director
Nov. 1987 - Aug. 1988 Acting Director
Aug. 1988 Dec. 1988 Acting Director
TESTIMONY BEFORE THE
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS
UNITED STATES SENATE
EDUCATION PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY TRIBAL SCHOOLS
Mr. Roger Bordeaux, Executive Director
449 NORTH PLUM STREET SUITE 100
OCTOBER 27, 1989