ERIC Number: ED113090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Sources of Financial Aid for American Indian Students.
Some 22,000 American Indian students requested assistance for higher education from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in 1973, but the BIA only had funds for 11,395 students. While funds theoretically were available from other sources, only 3,000 out of 12,000 eligible students were able to benefit from them. A cooperative agreement between the U.S. Office of Education, the BIA, and the Office of U.S. Civil Rights is pending release. The agreement is designed to eliminate discrimination against Indian students seeking financial aid from other available Federal sources and is directed toward the educational institutions as recipients of Federal funds, placing them under contractual compliance procedures and making it their responsibility to serve all races without discrimination. A proposed draft was produced in January of 1974 by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, which if adopted will bring about clarification of college responsibilities in this matter. The directive states: (1) that funds provided under the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant or other Federal programs are to be made available to all eligible Indian applicants on an equal basis without regard to their eligibility for assistance through programs operated by the BIA; and (2) that the level of Indian need is not to be projected as lower than that of non-Indians. (JC)
Descriptors: Agency Role, American Indians, Civil Rights, College Programs, Equalization Aid, Federal Aid, Financial Aid Applicants, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Responsibility
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.