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ERIC Number: ED092271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May-11
Pages: 8
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Testimony [of John C. Rainer]. Hearings Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Related Affairs, May 11, 1973.
Rainer, John C.
The testimony of John C. Rainer, Director of the American Indian Scholarship Program, before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Related Affairs (May 1973) examined the Senate's reduction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) appropriation for 1973-74. Rainer explained that the $19,938,000 requested for the year, $10,000,000 less than the 1972-73 appropriation, was inadequate to fund the projected 18,000 American Indian students entering college at that time. As support for his plea, Rainer cited Presidents Nixon and Johnson in their call for Indian self-determination. In line with this, 48 tribes are now granting scholarships to their young people, but can continue to do so only as long as adequate funds are available. Also, Rainer said that the 1972 Education Act was a laudable effort, but objected to Indians competing with all minority groups in the United States for the scholarship fund. He explained that the only legal basis for scholarship assistance to other minority groups was their U.S. citizenship; Indians, however, derived their legal position from a special relationship with the U.S. government established by treaties and land cession. Rainer concluded that the proposed BIA budget cut amounted to a halt in the Congressional effort to increase funding and training for many young Indians to be assets in their respective communities and in the Nation. (KM)
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