ERIC Number: ED164224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Education. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, 95th Congress, 1st Session (February 1 and 2, 1977).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
The Subcommittee focused its 1-2 February 1977 hearings on the educational activity of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as the beginning of an effort to obtain an accurate picture of the current state of educational programs dealing with Indians and the development of ways to improve both the programs and their delivery. On 1 February a panel of officials from the BIA Central Office testified; on 2 February a panel of personnel from BIA field operations gave some insight into the conditions and problems of various local school levels. There were witnesses from the Phoenix Indian Boarding High School, the Seneca Indian Boarding School, the Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School, the Aberdeen (South Dakota) BIA Area Office, and the Navajo Area, representing Seneca, Hopi, Oglala Sioux, and Navajo tribal schools in particular and Indian schools in general. The Subcommittee majority staff's report of research and on-site inspections emphasized a need to grasp the diversity of the American Indian peoples and the need for them to more fully understand the workings of the federal government, while pointing out that the BIA suffers from a lack of leadership, a lack of information gathering and program monitoring capabilities, a plethora of administrative problems, and more time spent in self justification than in problem solving. (SB/BR)
Descriptors: Agency Role, American Indian Education, Boarding Schools, Community Schools, Day Schools, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Hearings, Interviews, Power Structure, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Tables (Data), Tribally Controlled Education, Tribes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.