ERIC Number: ED113089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Financing of Indian Education.
Loon, Eric Van
Since over 200 million Federal dollars are disbursed annually for American Indian education under Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I, Indian Education Act Title IV, and Johnson O'Malley programs, it is difficult to understand the dismal state of Indian education. However, factors contributing to abuse of Federal funds have been identified as: (1) use of compensatory funds for backward budget building; (2) use of compensatory funds to buy equipment for general use; (3) open enrollment of target programs; (4) use of target funds for administrative overhead; (5) legal diversion of target funds by manipulation of allocation formulas; (6) lack of regulation enforcement by State Departments of Education; (7) manipulation and intimidation of Parent Advisory Committees (PAC); (8) Federal laxity in regulatory enforcement. The following steps should be taken to dispel abuse of Federal funds: (1) utilize Indian personnel in program administration; (2) assemble a staff under the Deputy Commissioner for Indian Education that will insist State Educational Agencies do their jobs; (3) assure State officials that comparability and participation reports are prerequisite to receipt of Federal funds; (4) expand the role of the Indian National Advisory Council to include evaluation of BIA programs; (5) consolidate PAC's into a powerful body to serve as a constant community counterweight. (JC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Advisory Committees, American Indians, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Legislation, Parent Participation, Program Administration, State Departments of Education
Not available separately, see RC 008 789. ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 (on loan)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; American Indian Resource Associates, Oglala, SD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Indian Education Act 1972; Johnson O Malley Act