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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,

there was

a

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

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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

to address.

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.

Part E

needs

some

technical amendments, and while we

do not currently have

any

recommendation of a vehicle for these amendments, such a vehicle should be

found.

The needed technical amendments include correction of section 5508 to

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1991.

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

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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

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there are no provisions in Part E for NACIE involvement in the conference,

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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

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Education to appoint an equal number of employees from within the departments

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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

the

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

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issues.

Although we may be critical of government programs and we

often

lament about Indian and Alaska Native youngsters dropping out of school, we do

have some

success stories.

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

success stories.

I often say that the Department of Education, like many

other agencies, does not

want advisory

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

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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.

Mr.

Chairman,

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

Native

education exemplary

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Alaska

country.

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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.

I

will be happy to answer any questions you and the Committee Members may have

to supply any additional

uested information for the record.

Thank you.

Directors/Acting Directors for fast 10 Years

Office of India Education

Office of Indian Education, Department of Education

Dr. Gerald Gipp
Mr. Hakis Khan
Dr. Frank Ryan
Mr. Hakim Khan
Dr. Frank Ryan
Mr. Hakim Khan
Mr. John Sua
Mr. Brian Stacy
Dr. Neal Shedd

Dep. Commissioner of Indian Ed. (HEW) 1977 1980
Acting Director

1980 1982
Director

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

1988 Present

Dec.

TESTIMONY BEFORE THE

SELECT COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS

UNITED STATES SENATE

ON

EDUCATION PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

PROVIDED BY

ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY TRIBAL SCHOOLS

Mr. Roger Bordeaux, Executive Director

449 NORTH PLUM STREET SUITE 100
VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA 57069

OCTOBER 27, 1989

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