ERIC Number: ED161580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-17
Reference Count: N/A
National Indian Health Board Position on Indian Preference.
National Indian Health Board, Inc., Denver, CO.
The policy of granting American Indians preference for employment in Indian service facilities was established by Congress as long ago as 1834; in 1974 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Indian preference laws were not discriminatory or unconstitutional. However, a 1973 survey found that while 51 percent of the employees at Indian Health Service (IHS) headquarters were Indian, only 17 percent of the positions at level GS-13 or above were filled by Indians; no Indians were in key decision making positions. Both the IHS and other federal agencies which administer Indian services should immediately and vigorously begin implementing Indian employment preferences. Indian preference should also be enforced on contracts and grants let by any federal agency for the benefit of Indians. An Indian Career Service commission should be established to oversee implementation of Indian preference; federal agencies should publicize preference guidelines and actively recruit Indian people; education and training opportunities must be made more readily available to Indians and Alaska natives. All these steps should serve to permit an orderly transition from federal domination of programs and services to attractive and meaningful participation by Indian people in the planning, conduct, and administration of those programs and services. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Indian Health Service.
Authoring Institution: National Indian Health Board, Inc., Denver, CO.