ERIC Number: ED205304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May-16
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Testimony Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate on S. 991 by the National Tribal Chairmen's Association.
National Tribal Chairmen's Association, Inc.
Testimony by the National Tribal Chairmen's Association (NTCA) states NTCA's opposition to S. 991 Section 7 (9) involving transfer of education programs out of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of Interior (DOI), into the proposed Department of Education. Reasons for keeping education services of federally recognized tribes within BIA/DOI continuance and improvement of education services to tribes will be better assured within the protection of the trust responsibility administered by BIA/DOI (a tribal-centered rather than a state-focused delivery system); BIA/DOI assures safeguards and maintenance of specifics of the federal trust responsibility, including tribal involvement in development of Indian education, standards for recognition and eligibility of tribes for services, and assurance of Indian preference; the President's Reorganization Project recommendation for transferring BIA education programs was made without full consultation with the tribes; education services provided outside the BIA are not adequate (other offices should put dollars set aside for serving federally recognized tribes into BIA so tribes could contract for these programs via P.L. 93-638); the tribes have already repudiated (1976) Indian inclusion into a proposed Department of Education and the majority will continue to reject transfer to any department where the federal trust responsibility is not guaranteed. (JC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Tribal Chairmen's Association, Inc.