ERIC Number: ED226882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Closing of Off-Reservation Boarding Schools. Hearing before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session, on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposal to Close Three Off-Reservation Boarding Schools (February 24, 1982).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.
The hearing before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senate, 97th Congress, 2nd Session, concerned the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposal to close three off-reservation boarding schools. Schools scheduled for closure were: Wahpeton Indian School, Wahpeton, North Dakota; Concho Indian School, Concho, Oklahoma; and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), Albuquerque, New Mexico. Statements from New Mexicans against the closing of SIPI centered around the fact that SIPI is the only BIA-funded all-Indian technical vocational institute in the United States; that the private sector has played an increasing role in supporting the school; and that the success rate of placing SIPI graduates has been above average. Bureau of Indian Affairs witnessess' testimonies were built around the theme that the boarding schools had outlived their intended purpose, that they were expensive, and that Indian children would be better off in other settings. Witnesses for the States of Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Utah all felt that the BIA had not supported their reasons for change, and that the Indian students would be better off in the present boarding homes. (AH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.