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ERIC Number: ED168780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Indian Education--Oversight; Part I: Supplemental Programs. 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 16, 20, and October 7, 1977).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Programs to supplement government efforts in Indian education were explored in three days of hearings held in September and October of 1977. The first two days of testimony involved bilingual and bicultural aspects of Indian education. Appearing first were officials from the Department of Health, Education and Walfare Office of Bilingual Education and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Education Programs. Both men explained their departments' past and current efforts in bilingual education. Witnesses from local and state level groups involved in Indian education plus other representatives of federal government and national organizations also testified. A dominant theme of much of the testimony was the need to expand bilingual education to include cultural preservation, especially the preservation of the Indian dialects and languages. Other needs cited included expansion of research and cultural studies, undergraduate programs for training Native American bilingual instructors, certification of native speakers, development of on-site curriculum materials, and additional centers for creating and disseminating bilingual materials. The third day of hearings was concerned with P.L. 92-318, the Indian Education Act. Witnesses lauded the spirit of the act and its accomplishments, but suggestions for improvement included: (1) federal funding to teach cultures; (2) research authority; (3) changes in entitlement formulas; and (4) technical assistance to parent committees. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Child Language, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Legislation, Hearings, Interviews, Language Handicaps, Leadership, Legislation, Multicultural Education, Needs Assessment, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Treaties, Tribes
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.