ERIC Number: ED205305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association to the Committee on Government Operations, U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 13343.
National Tribal Chairmen's Association, Inc.
In this statement on H.R. 13343 presented to the Committee on Government Operations, the National Tribal Chairmen's Association, along with the National Congress of American Indians and the Alaska Federation of Natives, has voiced an "emphatic and uncompromising no" to the transfer of Indian education out of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and into the proposed Department of Education. Exercising self-determination as mandated by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, numerous tribal governments have prepared responses to H.R. 13343. This testimony indicates 99.5% of the federally recognized tribes have said "no" to H.R. 13343. Among the many tribal statements quoted here are negative responses from the Shoshone Bannock, Southern Ute, Utah Ute, Mescalero Apache, Oneida, Colville Confederated and Comanche Tribes, the Yankton Sioux, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Taos Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, etc. Among the concerns presented by these and other tribal governments are the following: fragmentation of Indian education services, disregard for federal trust responsibility, disregard for Indian preference, elimination of schools separately established for Indians, undermining of tribal sovereignty, conflict with P.L. 93-638 and the contracting education programs that provide for Indian control, loss of BIA's working relationship with Indian tribal organizations, etc. (JC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Tribal Chairmen's Association, Inc.