ERIC Number: ED165932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Education--Oversight; Part III: Bureau of Indian Affairs--Reorganization. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, 95th Congress, 1st Session (September 26, 28, 29, and 30, 1977).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Four days of hearings in September, 1977 were conducted on the need to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with particular attention devoted to H.R. 9157, a bill to change the Bureau's Office of Education programs. Opening the testimony was a panel of BIA officials, including Forrest Gerard, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Mr. Gerard stated that reorganization would be initiated immediately and should be completed within a year and a half, adding that the management study of the American Indian Policy Review Commission would be used as a basis for the reorganization. Representatives of national Indian organizations and various tribes as well as officials from a number of Indian schools appeared to voice concerns about the proposed bill. Some of the areas they cited as needing attention included funds for facility construction, research to establish standards for basic education of Indian children, special education of both handicapped and gifted children, hiring practices (including the question of whether Indian preference was always desirable), teacher education programs, and the need for direct funding to tribal governments. Two witnesses from the National Indian Education Association and the National Congress of American Indians questioned whether the education services of the BIA should be pulled out and legislated separately from the rest of the Bureau, especially at a time when that agency was attempting a reorganization. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government (Administrative Body), Hearings, Interviews, Leadership, Legislation, Legislators, Nonreservation American Indians, Treaties, Tribes
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.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Johnson O Malley Act